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Annut^l Reunion tvt portu^nd, he. 
AUGUST 31, 1699. 






JOHN BEAN OF Exeter. (1660.) 

The fourth reunion of the descendants of John Bean 
of Exeter, was held in JPortland, Maine, j^ugust 31, 
1899, at the Reception Hall in City Building, beginning 
at two o'clock, p. M., and ending at noon the following 

All trains entering the city brought members of our 
Association, and many of the descendants of our com- 
mon ancestor, John, who had never met with us before. 

This was the first time that we had held our reunion 
in Maine, and many of our cousins availed themselves 
of this opportunity, and we hope they may continue to 
be present at our yearly gatherings. 

Many of the familiar faces that we have always seen 
were not with us, some by reason of important business 
and some, alas, by reason of death. 

After some time spent in receiving and greeting 
those arriving and in informal social intercourse, the 
meeting was called to order by the President, Hon. 
Josiah H. Drummond who, in his happy manner, wel- 
comed all to his home city, Portland by the Sea, and 
called attention to the lines of electrics and steamers in 
the harbor by which those who might tarry in the city 


long enough could visit many places of interest and 
delight in and about the city. 

Prayer was offered by Rev. Howard A. Clifford of 
Old Orchard. 

Address* by Rev. Ebenezer Bean of Bluehill, which 
was full of interest and instruction and honorable men- 
tion of our worthy and noble ancestors, who planted the 
Bean family early on the shores of a new world, that the 
succeeding generations might expand and grow in body 
and mind, in knowledge and goodness, and worship God 
according to the dictates of their own consciences. He 
said that to the wisdom and efforts of our ancestors we 
are indebted to-day for what and where we are. 

The President read a letter from Rev. S. C. Beane of 
Newburyport, Mass., in which he expressed his regrets 
that it was impossible for him to be present, this being 
the first gathering of our Association which he had not 

Report by the Secretary, Dearborn G. Bean, was 
given and the announcement made that the Proceedings 
of 1896, 1897 and 1898 were in the hall and for sale by 
Mrs. Cora Y. Prince, and that the last issue contained 
the genealogy of the first three generations of our Bean 
family. He also invited all present to register their 
name and P. O. address, and, so far as they could, their 
line of descent from the first John, thus aiding the gene- 
alogist in his task of completing the Bean genealogy. 

The attention of the meeting was called to the loca- 
tion of our reunion in 1900. Dr. N. W. Beane of Wake- 
field, Mass., was the first to respond and proposed that 
it be held in Boston, saying that he had conferred with 
many Beans of that city in relation to it, and that he 
held a petition or request, signed by more than a score 

* It is greatly to be regretted that we have not obtained a copy of this address. 


of the Beans of Boston, asking that the next reunion be 
held in that city; also saying that more than one hun- 
dred a7td forty of the taxpayers of Boston are of the 
name, Bean. After discussion, questions and proposi- 
tions, all consenting, it was decided to hold the next 
reunion in Boston the first week in September, 1900, 
saying "all roads lead to Boston," The exact day in the 
week and place of meeting is left with the Executive 
Committee, and the President appointed Dr. Newell W. 
Beane of Wakefield, Mass., to be chairman of a sub- 
committee to arrange for the meeting. 

The following were appointed by the President a 
Nominating Committee to bring in a list of officers for 
the ensuing year: Hiram H. Bean, Randolph, Vt.; 
Rufus E. Bean, Franklin, N. H.; Dr. Newell W. Beane, 
Wakefield, Mass. 

Adjourned to 7.00 p. m. 


Meeting called to order by the President and the list 
of those sending letters of regret was read, which was 
as follows: 

Rev. Samuel C. Beane, Newburyport, Mass. ; J. L. Bean, Mrs. M. 
T. Bean, Atlantic, la. ; Judge Jean Baptiste Bourgeois, Three Rivers, 
P. Q., Canada ; Mrs. Jennie Chamberlain, St. Paul, Minn. ; Mrs. 
Ann Elizabeth (Bean) White, Three Rivers, P. Q., Canada; Mrs. 
Martha Ann Robinson, Loudon, N. H. ; Annie T. Oilman, Gilman, 
Me. ; Fanny M. Bean, Burlington, Vt, ; Austin W. Bean, Lyndon 
Center, Vt. ; Jessie S. Pease, Creston, la. ; Rose B. George, Hal- 
lowell, Me. ; Martha A. Bean for Rev. Leroy S. Bean, Newhall, Me. ; 
E. D. Sargent, Nashua, N. H. ; Robert H. Bean, Chelsea, Mass. ; 
Peter S. Bean, Veterans' Home, Wis. ; Wm. Otis Bean, Concordia, 
Kan. ; Mrs. Anna M. Severance, Andover, N. H. ; Mrs. J. lone Bean 
Cramer, Iowa City, la. ; Cotton W. Bean, New York City ; J. V. 
Bean, M. D., Fairfield, la. ; Elvira Fifield Rice, Chicago, 111. ; Sarah 
D. P. Jones, Sycamore, 111. ; Hon. Charles A. Stott, Lowell, Mass., 

Mrs. Eliza A. Munoz, Cranford, N. J. ; Mrs. John W. Champlin, 
Jackson, Mich. ; Courtney Hutchinson, Quyon, P. Q. ; Fred S. Bean, 
Manchester, N. H. ; George F. Bean, Woburn, Mass., for 51 
descendants of Daniel Bean, descendants of Nathaniel-^, assembled 
at a Bean reunion at Waterloo, N. H. 

Report of Nominating Committee was as follows: 




President, HON. JOSIAH H. DRUMMOND, LL. D., 






Portland, Me. 
Newburyport, Mass 
W. Salisbury, N. H 
Bluehill, Me. 
Haverhill, Mass. 
New York City. 
Woburn, Mass. 
W. Salisbury, N. 
East Wilton, Me, 


Newburyport, Mass. 
Wakefield, Mass. 
Boston, Mass. 
Manchester, N. H. 
Haverhill, Mass. 
Derry Depot, N. H. 
Stoneham, Mass. 
Randolph, Vt. 
Raymond, N. H. 
Boston, Mass. 

The report was accepted and, upon ballot, the several 
nominees were declared elected. 

A poem written for the occasion by Mrs. Alice Bean 
Lodge of Gilmanton, N. H., was read by Mrs. E. W. 
Johnson of East Wilton, Me. 


Good morrow, friends and kinsmen, 

I greet you one and all. 
Who've seen the fiery Cross go forth 

And heard the bugle call. 
Ours be a peaceful meeting, 

We need no cross or flame, 
No plaid or Scottish bonnet 

To tell from whence we came. 
With pride of ancient ancestry 

And love of Highland lore. 
Our hearts may be as leal and true 

As those who lived of yore. 

Warriors were they, and artizans, 

Our coat of arms doth show 
An arm and hand, with dagger raised 

To strike an avenging blow. 
The motto of ye olden time 

Sounds strange to us to-day, 
But in the seventh century, 

When Douglas Bayne held sway, 
They challenged every man they met, 

They made him stand and show 
What might his name and station be 

And whether friend or foe. 
"Touch not the cat without a glove," 

Or you may rue the day 
You made him lift that velvet paw, 

Or stroked him the wrong way. 
Clan Chattan's foes may well beware. 

Her sons are strong and fleet, 
And a mountain wildcat might not be 

A pleasant thing to meet. 
Let us go back to those old days 

And see the life they led. 
Their home a mountain cavern. 

Their dress, the Highland plaid ; 
Their bed of flinty rock was strewn 

With heather and wild fern, 
And they drank the sparkling water 

From out the nearest burn. 
With trusty bow and arrow 

They chased the flying roe. 
And watched the mountain passes 

To guard against the foe. 
While from the castle on the cliff 

The watchman, old and grey. 
Gave warning to the warder 

To keep the foe away. 
Within the castle all looked bright. 
The knights were brave and true, 
The ladies taught their maids 
To spin, to weave and sew. 
The laird was father of his clan. 

The lady, sweet and fair, 
Made all the poor and stricken ones 

Their own especial care. 
Their peaceful days were brimming o'er 

With happiness, I ween, 
When all the lads and lassies met 
To dance upon the green. 


With hearts as light as thistle-down, 

With laughter, song and jest. 
Each lassie laced her bodice blue. 

Each laddie donned his best ; 
The lairds looked on approvingly, 

My lady with a smile, 
The older folks sat round in groups 

To chat and rest awhile. 
And e'en the poor were not forgot. 

Who through the t'wilight stole, 
With bag in hand from door to door 

To gather up the dole. 
What visions danced before their eyes 

As they white sails unfurled. 
To seek for home and fortune 

In a strange, far off new world. 
What anxious days were those at sea. 

When parted from the land. 
They steered their bark to westward 

Till they reached a rocky strand. 
Tho' few indeed their number were. 

Their hearts were stout and bold ; 
The dangers met, the toils they shared 

Have oftentimes been told. 
The German sighs for Fatherland, 

For home and kindred dear, 
The Switzer mourns his mountains 

With many a silent tear ; 
And tho' Columbia beckons 

And the future may beguile. 
The bells of Shandon still sound sweet 

To the sons of Erin's Isle. 
We talk of merry England, 

The vine-clad hills of France, 
Of Spain and her Alhambra, 

Of Moorish song and dance ; 
Italia's charms are chanted oft 

By light of the silver moon, 
And we sing of bonny Scotland, 

"Ye banks and braes of Doon." 
And why from lands so fair and fine 

Is it so many come ? 
In this fair land — America — 

A man can own his home; 
Freedom of thought and action, 

A chance to see and know, 
The land is broad, and fair, and free 

Wherever he may go. 


Her flag is known in every port, 

Her ships sail every sea, 
She stretches out her strong right arm 

To help the oppressed go free. 
The morning sun shines brightly 
When he leaves his ocean bed 
Upon a busy commerce 

And crowded marts of trade — 
Upon a restless people 

Who hurry to and fro, 
As here and there with eager steps 

Throughout the land they go. 
'Tis true the world is very wide. 

And some are sure to find 
In leaving home that they have left 

Their "Fortunate Isles" behind. 
And tho' like Esmeralda, 

We "sing in every bower," 
Or like the bee who all day long 
Sips honey from each flower. 
When twilight closes round us 

Wherever we may be. 
We hear our Mother singing 
Aneath the "Rowan tree ;" 
And with the German "Wanderer," 

Wherever we may roam 
Our hearts cry out, "Where art thou, 

O my beloved home ? " 
And you whose lives are shadowed 

By grief, or pain, or loss, 
For whom the sky is darkened, 
And gold is naught but dross, 
Worn out with tears and watching, 

Caught by the undertow 
And carried outward by the tide 

Wherever it may go ; 
Helpless to bear life's burdens, 

Yet hoping while you call, 
That Heaven may prove a refuge 

And a resting place for all. 
Look up for strength and courage. 

Take note of little things, 
You may see angels' faces 

And hear the sound of wings. 
Old Allan Bayne, that harp of thine 

Has mute remained for many a year. 
The chords that thrilled the soul are hushed, 
The hand that touched them is not here. 


How often in the olden days 

Unseen, it welcomed many a guest ; 
It cheered his sorrows, soothed his fears. 

And gently lulled to rest. 
But when the clansmen filled the hall 

To talk of deeds by field and foray, 
How loud and clear the notes that rang. 

While sang the bard of fame and glory. 
And when the exile wandered forth 

To shadowy cave and forest near, 
The ancient harper followed on 

To charm and make his life less drear. 
O, ancient harper, may my strain 

Allure, and comfort as thine own ; 
Let joybells ring, and Hope's bright ray 

Illume a future all unknown, 
For life may yet hold much of good, 

Tho' often mixed with grief and care. 
And flowers still bloom and birds yet sing 

As in old Scotland's vales so fair. 

Recess was taken till nine o'clock the following 


At the morning session of the second day a goodly 
number were present, and all entered into a Committee 
of the Whole and seemed to enjoy every moment. 

The President, Mr. Drummond, extended an invita- 
tion to all to take a steamboat ride down the harbor, 
among the islands, returning at noon in season to take 
the trains out of the city, and many accepted his cordial 
invitation and enjoyed the trip very much. 

Before leaving the hall the following resolutions were 

Resolved, That we extend our hearty thanks to the authorities of 
the city of Portland for the gratuitous use of Reception Hall for the 
meeting of the Association. 

Resolved, That we extend our thanks to the Maine Central and 
Boston & Maine Railroads for reduction in fare to attend this 


Resolved, That our thanks are due to Rev. Ebenezer Bean for his 
highly interesting address, and that he be requested to file a copy 
with the Secretary for publication in the Proceedings. 

Resolved, That we extend our thanks to Mrs. Alice Bean Lodge, 
of Gilmanton, N. H., for her poem for the occasion, and sympathize 
with her in her affliction and ill health, which prevented her attend- 
ing personally. 

After remarks by Rev. J. Wesley Bean and others, 
the meeting adjourned without date. 

Dearborn G. Bean, Secretary. 


The following biographical sketches have been 
received : 

1. John Harper Blaisdell of Haverhill, Mass., died in that 
city May 29, 1898. He was born July 11, 1817, in Guilford, N, H., 
but passed his early life in South Hampton. In 1858 he moved to 
Haverhill and established himself as a boot and shoe manufacturer. 
He carried on this business for about twenty years successfully and 
retired with a competency. After his retirement he gave much time 
to genealogy; patient in research, industrious and persevering, he 
accumulated a large amount of valuable genealogical notes, which 
were ever at the command of others. He brought to light and 
copied many old records and was the indirect means of the preserva- 
tion of the originals. We are much indebted to him for what he has 
done in discovering the Bean genealogy. 

He was the son of John and Lois [Bean] Blaisdell, his Bean line 
being Loiss, Richard'*, Jeremiahs, Jeremiah^, John'. 

He was universally respected for his upright character and integ- 
rity. He attended our reunion at Haverhill but his health was so 
feeble that he could be present but a short time. 

2. Charles Edwin Bean was born in Salisbury, N. H., Sept. 27, 
1823 ; died, August 8, 1899, at Iowa City, la. He married Julia A. 
Tupper of Claremont, N. H., 1856, went to Northfield, Minn., and in 
1877 moved to Dell Rapids, South Dakota; buried his only son 
there Oct. 28, 1880. Moved to Iowa City, la., in 1891. 

His wife died August 11, 1897. Three daughters survive him: 
Mrs. lone J. Bean Cramer, Iowa City, la. ; Mrs. Jennie Chamberlain, 
St. Paul, Minn. ; Mrs. Florence Cole, San Diego, Cal. He was a 
member of the Episcopal church more than thirty years, a Mason in 
good standing, and an honorable man. 

He was eighth in descent from John' as follows: John', Daniel^, 
Daniels, Joseph'*, Josephs, Joseph^, Joseph?, Charles Edwin^. 

3. Flora Stella Bean^ (^Partus WheehrT, David^^ Levi^, Ed- 
ward*, Edward'!', James^, John^) was born in Charlotteville, Vt., April 
18, 185 1, and died in Littleton, N. H., May 13, 1899. 


Her father moved to Bethlehem, N. H., in her childhood and later 
to Littleton. Educated in the public schools and in the High School 
at Littleton, she commenced teaching at the age of fifteen, and 
achieved success. In six years she had earned enough to enable her 
to carry out her cherished plan of obtaining a more complete educa- 
tion, the better to fit her for her chosen vocation. In the fall of 
1872 she entered Mt. Holyoke Female Seminary, but being largely 
dependent on her own resources, she was obliged to teach during her 
course, which was thereby prolonged to six years. She was gradu- 
ated in 1878, and immediately commenced teaching and followed it 
for seventeen years, all save the first year in ladies' seminaries and a 
Normal School. She was called from her profession by the serious 
illness of her father. After suffering greatly for over two years he 
died, December 27, 1896. During all this time she ministered to 
him with loving care, regardless of her own health and strength. 
His death left her somewhat broken in health, and in a little over 
two years she went to join him. She suffered much in her last sick- 
ness but bore her sufferings with fortitude and even cheerfulness, in 
keeping with her character throughout her life. 

She was a Christian of the same type as she was woman. Her 
conscientiousness, earnestness, self-sacrifice, devotion to duty and 
kindness of heart gave her an immense power over her pupils ; and 
while she has gone from them, her influence for good is yet as power- 
ful and as widely spread as falls to the lot of none save one who 
labors for years as an ideal teacher. 

But this is not the whole. She has left an example of heroism in 
her struggle for an education, of faithful performance of duty in her 
profession, of filial love in her care of her father, and of Christian 
fortitude in suffering, that is full of lessons for the living. 

Our Association is under special obligations to her. She took a 
deep interest in the genealogy of the family, and furnished full 
information concerning one branch of the family which it was impos- 
sible to obtain from any other source. For this, as well as for her 
grand life-work, it is fitting that we place on our record a tribute 
to her memory. 

4. Emma Jane Wadleigh? {Mary Jane^, Martiny [Nathaniel'], 
David^, Nathaniel^, Nathaniel*, /ohni, James^, John") was born in 
Sutton, N. H., Sept. 19, i860, and died in Waterloo, Feb. 9, 1899. 
She was an only daughter and "the light of the house." 


She had aided much in the collection of genealogical facts relating 
to her branch of the family, and was looking forward eagerly to 
meeting us at this reunion and making the personal acquaintance of 
those whom she already knew through our Proceedings and by cor- 
respondence. But she was attacked by the grip and, after a short 
illness, succumbed to it. Our sympathies go out to the afflicted 
father and mother in their almost desolate home. 

5. Jonathan Gibson Bean, grandson of Curtis'^ (who came 
from New Hampshire to Brownfield, Maine, from Poplin, now 
Fremont, N. H,, after having served in the Revolution), died very 
suddenly in Brownfield, June 26, 1899, in his eighty-eighth year. 
He was born in Brownfield, May 22, 18 12. He was twice married ; 
by his first wife, Rachel George, he had three children, all of whom 
died in infancy ; by his second wife, Eunice [Day] Wood, whom he 
survived nearly thirty years, he had four children, three of whom 
survive him. 


Frank D. Whitcomb, Mrs. Emma Bean Whitcomb, Miss Alice Josephine Whit- 
comb, 5 Second St., Woburn, Mass., descendants of Nathaniel4. 

Chester H. Bean, P. O. Box 1195, Gardiner, Me., descendant of Aaron who came 
to Maine from Candia, N. H., and settled near Bingham. 

Mrs. Chester H. Bean, P. O. Box 1195, Gardiner, Me. 

W. J. Bean, 611 Washington St., Boston, Mass. 

Charles Pierce Bean, M. D., 590 Tremont St., Boston, Mass. 

John B. Straw, Lewiston, Me., grandson of John Bean of Warner, N. H. 

Mrs. E. I. Garfield, Lexington, Mass., granddaughter of John Bean of Warner, 
N. H. 

Viola A. Smith, Gorham, Me., descendant of Samuels, Samuel^. 

Levi Gilman Eldridge, Mrs. L. G. Eldridge, Mrs. E. F. Banks, Mrs. George H. 
Hudson, Mrs. C. J. Clarke, Woodfords, Me. ; the three last are daughters 
of L. G. Eldridge, and he grandson of Reuben of Bean's Corner, Jay, and 
great-grandson of Joshua of Readfield, Me. 

Ruel Small, 156 Forest Avenue, Portland, Me., grandson of Hannah Bean of 
Bethel, who married Timothy Hastings of Bethel ; she was the daughter of 
Josiah Bean, the son of Jonathan who was the great-grandson of John 

Henry H. Hastings, Bethel, Me., grandson of Hannah Bean above referred to. 

Lucy M. Willard, Riverside, R. I. 

Angle L. Merrill, loi Concord St., Lawrence, Mass. 

Matthew Roberton, Medford, Mass. 

L. H. Marston, Taunton, Mass. 

Dolly Q. Bean. 

David Bean. 

Helen M. Abbott, North Reading, Mass., daughter of John Bean who descended 
from Benjamin of Piermont, N. H. 

Edwin Josiah Marston, North Woburn, Mass., son of Dolly Q. [Bean] Marston, 
and grandson of Eld. David Bean of Tamworth, N. H. 

Mrs. Sarah B. Bean, Blackwater, N. H. 

John Wesley Bean, Blackwater, N. H., great-grandson of Sinkler Bean who 
settled in Salisbury, N. H. 

Mrs. Mabelle S. Beane, 30 Salem St., Wakefield, Mass. 

Jesse Dyer, Pleasantdale, Me. 

Mrs. Addie L. Dyer, Pleasantdale, Me., granddaughter of Reuben Bean who was 
son of Joshuas of Readfield, Me. 

Hiram H. Bean, Mrs. Hiram H. Bean, Randolph, Vt. 

Amanda M. Bean, 590 Tremont St., Boston, Mass. 

Mrs. Almeda E. Duly, Wakefield, Mass., daughter of John Bean of Freedom, Me., 
granddaughter of Joseph and great-granddaughter of Benjamin of Pier- 
mont, N. H. 

Mrs. Fred A. Stockwell, Lyndonville, Vt., daughter of Thomas Bean. 

Thomas W. Bean, Lyndonville, Vt., grandson of Elisha Bean. 

Mrs. Isaac G. Hall, West Concord St., Dover, N. H. 

Edward S. Clarke, 8 Richmond St., Dover, N. H. 

Mrs. Everett S. Clarke, East Barrington, N. H. 

Dr. Joseph Taylor and wife, Bedford, N. H. 

Isaiah S. Lang and wife, Candia, N. H. 

Mrs. Cora Y. Prince, P. O. Dryden, Me., descendant of James Bean of Jay, Me., 

who was son of Joshuas of Readfield, Me. 
Eva M. York, P. O. Dryden, Me., same as above. 
Rebecca W. Tibbetts, Corinna, Me., daughter of James Neal Bean of Sandwich, 

N. H. 
Mrs. George A. Tibbetts, Corinna, Me. 
Faustina Bean, Mt. Vernon, Me. 
Mrs. James (Almeda) Beane, Gardiner, Me., granddaughter of Aaron Bean of 

Candia, N. H. 
Mrs. Sadie W. Gilden, Lewiston, Me., granddaughter of Aaron Bean of Candia, 

N. H. 
Mrs. Rhoda J. McAlister, Blackwater, N. H., descendant of Sinkler Bean of 

Salisbury, N. H. 
Mrs. George E. Griffin, Willard, Me. 
Mrs. W. A. Cobb, " " granddaughters of Henry Bean of Guilford, 

N. H. 
Etta Griffin, Willard, Me,, daughter of G. E. Griffin, great-granddaughter of Henry 

Bean of Guilford, N. H. 
Mrs. Emma J. Lord, Auburn, Me., great-granddaughter of Joel Bean of Readfield. 

Me., son of Joshuas. 
Hattie B. Lord, Auburn, Me., daughter of Emma J. Lord above. 
J. W. Bean, West Derry, N. H., son of J. L. Bean. 
Jeannette A. Bean, wife of J. W. Bean. 

Mabel N. [Bean] Dinsmore, Canobie Lake, N. H., daughter of J. W. Bean. 
Mrs. Emily J. Colby, West Derry, N. H., daughter of John L. Bean. 
J. F. Hall, West Derry, N. H., son of Orrin Hall, who married Mary Olivia Bean, 

daughter of John L. Bean. 
Miss Lucy A. Bean, Haverhill, Mass. 
Mary Alexander, Dunbarton, N. H. 
O, P. Oudet, Lawrence, Mass. 
Mrs. Amelia C. Leighton, Waukesha, Wis. 
F. J. Bean, East Andover, N. H. 
J. Hastings Bean, South Paris, Me. 
Mrs. Katherine B. Rolfe, Miss Martha B. C. Rolfe, Gorham, Me., descendants of 

Benjamin Bean of Bow, N. H. 
Stanley W, Cobb, Willard, Me., great-grandson of Henry Bean of Guildford, N. H. 
Mrs. Matthias Moulton, 93 Portland St., Portland, Me., daughter of John Fiske 

Bean, who was son of Richard Bean of Waterboro, Me. 
Everett R. Drummond, Waterville, Me., husband of Aubigne M Bean, daughter 

of Benjamin W., the son of Phineas Bean. 
Mrs. Viola Bean Thomes, Cumberland, Me., daughter of the above E. R. D. 


Barzillai G. Bean, New York City, son of Benj. W. Bean above. 

Elizabeth H. Bean, " " " 

Harlan B. Turner, Portland, Me., grandson of the above Barzillai G. Bean. 

Mrs. Arthur L. Bates, Portland, Me., daughter of George L. and granddaughter of 

Benning M. Bean of Centre Harbor, N. H. 
Clara P. Bean, 34 School St., Boston, Mass., wife of George Brooks Bigelow. 
Mrs. Mary L. Buxton, 55 Chestnut St., Portland, Me., daughter of John Bean 

Fillibrown whose mother was Hannah Bean, the daughter of Joshuas of 

Readfield, Me. 
Sarah E. Tucker, South Sangerville, P. O. Gilman, Me., grandchild of Nathan 

Mary L. Sherburne, Dover, Me., great-grandchild of Nathan Bean. 

Ernest W. Sherburne, Newport, Me., " " " " 

Melville N. Eldridge, 175 Brackett St., Portland, Me., great-grandson of Reuben 

Bean of Jay who was son of Joshuas of Readfield, Me. 
Harry W. Hudson, 5 High St., Woodfords, Me. 

Newell W. Beane, 30 Salem St., Wakefield, Mass., descendant of SinklerS. 
Albion S. Bean, Palermo, Me., grandson of Joshuas and Mary Bean of Readfield, 

Mrs. Albion S. Bean, Palermo, Me. 
Isaac B. Bean, Bean's Corner, Me., grandson of James^, Joshuas, Joshua4, Johns, 

James2, John^. 
Dearborn G. Bean, East Wilton, Me., same as next above. 
Howard A. Clifford, Old Orchard, Me. 
Elizabeth W. Johnson, East Wilton, Me. 
Elizabeth F. Bates, Portland, Me., great-granddaughter of Benning M. Bean, 

Centre Harbor, N. H. 
Ebenezer Bean, Bluehill, Me., son of Col. Benj. Bean, Conway, N. H., grandson 

of Ebenezer, great-grandson of Benjamin of Epping, N. H. 

Many members of our Association who were present 
did not register, perhaps from the fact that they had 
registered at previous meetings and did not think it 
necessary to register again. 

The object in having all register is that the Secretary 
may be able to notify all of the future meetings of the 
Association, and secondly, that they may become mem- 
bers of the Association, and the "line of descent" given 
aids in gathering the genealogy of the family. 

We hope that all who have ever met with us, and 
many who have never been present, will be at our next 
reunion to be held in Boston the first week in Septem- 
ber, 1900. 


Every descendant of John Bean^ by whatever name, 
and every one who has married such a descendant, is 
eligible to membership in our Association. There is 
no admission fee, nor annual dues ; the trifling expense 
is met by a small contribution at our reunions. Any 
one eligible may become a member by applying in 
person or by letter to the Secretary. 

We are obliged to rely upon selling copies of our 
Proceedings to pay the printer's bill ; they are paged 
consecutively from year to year and ultimately may be 
bound in a book and preserved in permanent form ; it 
is expected that an Index and Title Page will be printed 
at the proper time. There are very few copies of the 
first pamphlet on hand, and it will soon be impossible 
to secure a full set. 

There seems to be a misunderstanding in relation to 
our reunions. Many seem to understand that unless 
they receive one of the notices they are not invited or 
expected to attend; this is not so; the only object of 
the notices is to give information of the time and place 
of holding the reunion to which ALL ARE INVITED. 

Another matter: when we come together at the 
reunions, many of us meet for the first time ; and we 
most earnestly request all not to wait for an introduc- 
tion, but to make themselves known at once to as many 
of those present as possible; all are expected and 
cordially invited to treat every one they meet as an old 
acquaintance. The object of the usual delay in calling 
to order is to give an opportunity for all to become 
acquainted^ and to enjoy social intercourse without which 
our reunions would be barren of the i^ttended results. 



(Continued from page g6.) 

Errata. On page 84, line 27, for "1778" read "1738." 
On page 90, line 15, for "1788" read "1738." 


I desire to repeat in substance what is said on page 
^']^ in relation to the difficulty of obtaining the necessary 
facts for the preparation of the genealogy of this family, 
especially in the fourth and fifth generations. There 
are no family records ; in the time covered by these two 
generations the public recording of marriages, births 
and deaths was the exception rather than the rule, and 
then the records that were made have, in many cases, 
been lost or destroyed. We are obliged, therefore, to 
have recourse to deeds and wills and other probate 
records ; but many deeds were not recorded ; many wills 
that were filed have been lost, and, as a rule, no record 
was made of probate proceedings after the granting of 
the letters; but generally estates were settled privately 
by those interested and no return made to court. It is 
not surprising, therefore, that the genealogy of these 
generations is imperfect, not only in dates, but in names 
as well. 

While I do not claim that I have succeeded in obtain- 
ing the names of all the children in the different families 
(even of those who came to maturity) in this generation. 


I have full confidence that as far as I have gone my 
work is substantially correct. 

That there were in some families children, especially 
daughters, whom I have not discovered and given, is 
quite certainly true. I hope that the publication of what 
I have obtained will lead to the discovery of additional 
facts and the preparation of a more complete genealogy 
of this great family. 

I give in connection with this, when I can, the chil- 
dren of females of this generation, as my plan contem- 
plates the preparation of the genealogy of the subse- 
quent generations in lines commencing with the male 
ancestor in the fourth generation. 


IV. Daniel Bean3 {Daniel^, J ohn^) was born in Exe- 
ter. Early in 171 7 he settled in Kingston; he married 
probably Ann Sanborn, daughter of Joseph. No record 
of dates of birth, marriage or death is found, or names 
of their children. He left no will, and if there was any 
administration on his estate the papers have not been 
preserved, so that the records of deeds are the only 
resource for information as to his family. The latest 
deed given by him is dated in 1745. 

Children, born in Kingston: 
65. Josephs, b. 


Davidt, b. 


Jonathan^, b. 


Benjamin*, b. , 

-, 1726. 

"1735, August ye 14, Daniel Bean lost a young son." Kingston 
Church Record. Presumably this Daniel ; if he had daughters no 
trace of them has been found. 

On the first Monday of April, 1706, one hundred acres of land in 
Exeter were granted to Daniel Bean, Jr., by the town ; he sold one- 

half of this grant, March i, iji^/iG, and the other half, Dec. 8, 
1 716, to Samuel Dudley, Jr. B. IX, pp. 494, 600. 

His father conveyed to him two hundred acres of land in Kingston, 
but apparently the deed was never recorded. See B, XI, pp. 164^ 


On March 4, 17 17/8, he conveyed twenty-three acres, and on June 
23, 17 18, ten acres, both in Kingston, naming his wife Ann in both 
deeds. B. XI, p. 185 ; B. XII, p. 179. 

On May 27, 17 18, and later in that year, he made conveyances, 
mentioning in them the decease of his "father, Daniel Bean of 
Exeter." B. X, pp. 223, 338, 498 ; B. XI, p. 140. 

He made many conveyances, one as late as 1745, nearly all of 
them of land which came to him from his father. 

On June 8, 1727, he conveyed to his son, Joseph Bean of Kings- 
ton, for twelve pounds, '■'•which money he, ye my said son, received of his 
uncle Joseph Sanborn of HamptoJi,^^ land and one-eighth of a sawmill 
in Kingston. B. XVII, p. 533. For other deeds to his son Joseph, 
see B. XXII, pp. 500, 502. 

On July 16, 1745, he conveyed thirty acres of land in Kingston to 
"my son David Bean of Kingston, N. H., yeoman." B. XXX, p. 77. 

Other deeds show that Jonathan and Benjamen were brothers of 
Joseph and David. 


IV. John Bean3 [Dmiiet^, Joh'n}) was born in Exeter; 

he married , Martha Sinkler, daughter of James 

and Mary [ ] Sinkler; he died about 1732. 

Children, born in that part of Exeter which became 

69. David't, b. ; moved to Sandwich. 

t 70. John*, b. ; died unmarried. 

In the lifetime of his grandfather he was called "John the third." 
Will of James Sinkler d. July 23, 1731, p. Feb'y 15, 1732/3 (Vol. 

X, p. 168), mentions (among others) son David, and daughter, 

Martha "Been." 

On June 20, 1730, John Quimby and his wife Mary (who was 

daughter of Daniel^) conveyed land in Exeter, bounded "by my 

brother-in-law Jno. Bean's land." B. XVII, p. 125. 


On Nov. 14, 1733, Stephen Dudley conveyed to Martha Bean of 
Exeter, widow, two acres of land in Exeter. B. XXI, p. 116. 

Her husband had died between the dates of these two deeds. 

This land, Martha Bean of Exeter, widow, conveyed to John 
Dudley, Dec. 3, 1739, the deed being witnessed by Sinkler Bean. 

Martha Bean, widow, was taxed in Brentwood in 1743, and she 
signed several of the petitions during that year in relation to estab- 
lishing a new parish in Brentwood. 

It is possible but not probable that John^ was the John for whom 
a guardian was appointed June 25, 1734. See ante, p. 87. 

John^ was one of the party killed by the Indians in August, 1746 ; 
and on Nov. 11, 1747, David Bean and others appeared before the 
House in relation to the skull of an Indian claimed to have been 
killed in that fight and seventy-five pounds were granted, viz., fifteen 
pounds to Alexander Roberts and seven pounds and ten shillings to 
Daniel Oilman, who escaped ; eleven pounds and five shillings each 
to the widows of Jonathan Bradley and Samuel Bradley; and seven 
pounds and ten shillings each to the heirs or legal representatives of 
Obadiah Peters, John Loverin, John Bean and William Stickney. 
This shows that John-* died unmarried. 


IV. Samuel Bean3 {Daniel-, Johi^) was born in Exe- 
ter; he married Sarah ; he died, April 9, 1737, and 

she, September 18, 1750. While living in Exeter he 
was called "Junior" to distinguish him from his uncle 
Samuel^; he later moved to Kingston, where he was 
called "Senior" to distinguish him from Samuel3 
(James-), a younger man who then lived in that town. 

Children, probably part born in Exeter and part in 

t 71 

t 72 


— 74 

— 75 

— 76 
t 77 

Mary4, b. ; bap. Ap'l 24, 1728. 

Hannah4, b. " " " " 

DanieH, b. " " " " 

Allicc*, b. " " " " d. young. 

Sarah4, b. " " «' " " " 

^ b. " " 

Allice4, b. Nov. 9, 1736; bap. Mar. 21, 1736/7. 


The baptisms are from the Kingston church records, in which it is 
also recorded that he "lost a young child," Nov. 29, 1730, another 
Aug. II, 1735, and a daughter, Aug. 31, 1735 ; these must have been 
the first "Allice," Sarah, and a child between Sarah and the second 
"Allice." That he had no other children is certain from the fact 
that his widow charged in her administratrix account, settled Sept. 
27, 1738, for the support of a "child of intestate" from his death up 
to that date ; if there had been other young children she would have 
charged for them. 

He was a member of the Kingston church Aug. 29, 1725, and his 
wife was baptized Nov. 12, 1727. 

His widow was appointed Adm'x in 1737 ; he left but little real 
estate which she sold under a license from court, Nov. 21, 1743. 

Various conveyances of real estate in Exeter and Kingston, to him 
and from him, are recorded. He joined with his brothers and broth- 
er-in-law, March 23, 17 18/19 in conveying land which came to them 
from their father. B. XI, p. 40. 

Up to 1719, he describes himself as of Exeter, and in 1730 and 
after as "of Kingston, weaver." 

On Jan'y 17, 1736/7, Samuel Bean of Kingston, laborer, signed a 
deed to Joel Judkins of K. of fifteen acres of land and a quarter of 
a sawmill in Kingston ; but he did not acknowledge it, and it was 
proved in court and Sept. 7, 1737, "Sarah Bean, widow and relict 
unto Sam" Bean, late of Kingston, deceased, appeared and gave up 
her right of dowry and power of thirds." B. XXH, p. 539. 

V. Mary £eafi* ma-rried, Nov. 23, 1737, Benjamin Sawyer [Sayer] 
of "Almsbury ;" he had died, Oct. 28, 1757, leaving her surviving, for 
in the record of the death of a son on that day he is called "the son 
of widow Mary Sawyer." 

Children, born in Kingston : 

— i. Benjamin Sawyers, b. Aug. 27, 1738; d. Sept. 17 

[i9]» 1738. 
ii. Mary Sawyers, b. Sept. 25, 1739. 
iii. Benjamin Sawyers, b. Ap'l 29, 1742. 

— iv. John Sawyers, b. Aug, 24, 1751 ; d. Oct. 28, 1757. 

V. Hannah Bean* married, September 8, 1743, John Griffin and 
they had children born in Kingston : 


i. Hannah Griffins, b. Sept. i6, 1744. 

ii. Anne Griffins, b. March 16, I'j/^S/'j. 

— iii. Sarai Griffins, b. May 29, 1749 ; d. Sept. 9, 1750. 

iv. John Griffins, b. Sept. 8, 1751. 

V. Alice \_Elsie] Bean* married in 1755, probably as his second 
wife, Capt. Samuel Watts of Haverhill, Mass., son of Samuel and 
Abigail [Dustan] Watts, born in Haverhill, August 29, 1716; the 
date of his death is not known, but is believed to have been about 
1788; she survived him some years but the date of her death is 
unknown ; they were buried on the farm on which they lived, in 
Jonesboro, but no stone marks the spot. 

Children : 

i. Samuel Wattss, b. Feb'y, 1756, in Haverhill. 

ii. Hannah Wattss, b. Nov. 22, 1758, " 

iii. David Wattss, b. 1761. 

iv. Betsey Wattss, b. 1764. 

v. Elsie Wattss, b. 1767. 

vi. Abigail Wattss, b. 1780. 

vii. Sally Wattss, b. 1783. 

viii. Thomas Wattss, b. 1786. 

Hannah Watts^ married Josiah Weston and was the Hannah 
Weston who, with her husband's sister, carried the ammunition 
through the woods from Jonesboro to Machias at the time of the 
capture of the Margaretta, in which two of Elsie's sons and perhaps 
her husband are said to have been engaged. "The Life of Hannah 
Weston" was published in 1857, and in that it is stated that Samuel 
Watts moved to Falmouth (now Portland) or Cape Elizabeth between 
1760 and 1762, but in 1769 moved further East and settled on 
Chandler's River in what is now Jonesboro. 

The names and dates of birth of the children of Samuel and Elsie 
[Bean] Watts are taken from that work, but there is reason to believe 
that the dates of birth of the last three are erroneous. 

The magnitude of the work of compiling a genealogical account of 
all the descendants of John Bean [1660] is illustrated by the fact 
that at the death in 1855 of Elise Bean's daughter, Hannah Weston, 
the latter left living nine children, sixty-eight grandchildren, one 
hundred and fifty-three great-grandchildren, and twenty-five great- 
great-grandchildren, a total of two hundred and fifty-five ! 



IV. Mary Bean3 {Daniel^, Johi^) was born in Exeter; 
she married John Quimby [or Quinby] of Exeter. 
No account of their family has been obtained. 

Deeds have already been referred to in which John Quimby joined 
with the sons of Daniel Bean* describing themselves as "children and 
heirs of Daniel Bean, late of Exeter deceased." B. X, p. 498 ; 
B. XI, p. 40. 

On June 20, 1730, "John Quinby and his wife Mary Quinby" con- 
veyed fifteen acres of land in Exeter bounded "by my brother-in-law 
Jno. Bean's land." B. XVII, p. 125. 


IV. Margaret Bean3 {Samuel^, John}) was born in 
Exeter; she married, June 15, 1732, John March; the 
dates of their deaths have not been ascertained. 

Children, born in Kingston : 

— 78. Mary March*, b. Aug. 9, 1732 ; bap. Sept. 17, 1735 ; 

d. Dec. 5, 1735. 

79. Samuel March*, b. Oct. 15, 1734; bap. Sept. 17, 1735. 

80. Mary March*, b. Dec. i, 1736; bap. Dec. 12, 1736. 

81. John March*, b. Ap'l i, 1739 ; bap. May 13, 1739. 

82. Stephen March*, b. July 27, 1741. 

83. Hittie March*, b. Ap'l i, 1744; bap. May 20, 1744. 

— 84. "Myiriah" March*, b. Ap'l 27, 1746; bap. June 15, 

1746; d. May 11, 1747. 

"Mariah" March*, b. , 1748; d. June i, 1750. 

March*, b. , 1750; d. May 1, 175 1. 



Uriah March*, b. Ap'l 5, 1752. 

"Meriah" March,* b. Ap'l 5, 1754; bap. Jan. 13, 1755. 

The town record gives the date of the marriage, June 10, 1732 ; 
the church record, June 15, 1732. 

John March and his two children, Mary and Samuel, were baptized 
Sept. 17, 1735, and he and his wife "owned ye covenant," &c. ; and 
Margaret, wife of John March, was admitted to the church, Nov. 14, 

See memo, of her father's will, ante p. 85. 


IV. Anna Bean3 {Samuel-, John}) was born in Exe- 
ter; she married, October i6 [17], 1739, (then described 
as of Brentwood) Joshua Snow of Woburn, son of Rich- 
ard and Elizabeth Snow, born in Woburn, January 16, 
171 1 ; he died, August 28, 1774, but the date of her 
death has not been ascertained. 

Children, born in Kingston : 

88, Anna Snow*, b. June 17, 1740; bap. Oct. 19, 1740. 

— 89. Elizabeth Snow», b. Jan'y 6, 1742/3; bap. Feb'y 6, 

1742/3; d. Oct. 6, 1743. 

90. Elizabeth Snow*, b. Sept. 3, 1744; bap. Sept. 9, 1744. 

91. Mary Snow-*, b. May 19, 1747 ; bap. June 21, 1747. 

92. Juda [Judith] Snow*, b. Sept, 13, 1749 ; bap. Sept. 17, 


93. Susanna Snow^, b. May 6, 1758; bap. June 18, 1758. 

94. Joshua Snow*, b. Aug. 5, 1761. 

Anna Sfiow^ married John Fifield, Jr., Oct. 13, 1757 ; he was born 
in 1733; he died, Oct. 24, 1824, and his wife Anna died Oct. 21, 
1824, and both were buried in the same grave. 

Judith Snow* married Phineas Beans Dec. 11. 1770; she died 
Feb'y 25, 1825, and he, March 2, 1825, and both were buried in the 
same grave. 


IV. Curtis Bean3 (Samuel^, Johi^) was born in 
Exeter; his wife is not known, save that her given name 
was Hannah ; they lived in Exeter till about 1 741, when 
they apparently moved to Chester; the date of his death 
is not known; his wife survived him and was living in 

Children, born in Exeter: 

95. Curtis^ b. 

— 96. Joseph*, b. ; died without issue. 

There were apparently no other children ; but that is not made 
certain by the deeds. 


Deed, Aug. 15, 1738, from Curtis Bean of Exeter to "my brother 
Samuel Bean of Falmouth" land in Exeter, which our hon^ father 
Sam" Bean, late of Exeter dec^ did in his lifetime possess." B. 
XXIV, p. 599. 

And on the same day Samuel conveyed to Curtis land that 
belonged to their father. B. XXIV, p. 190. 

On July 24, 1740, Curtis conveyed land which came to him from 
his father, his wife Hannah releasing dower. B. XXIV, p. 554. 

On Ap'l I, 1741, Curtis Bean of Exeter conveyed by two deeds, 
two parcels of land in Exeter. B. XXV, pp. 246, 247. 

No other conveyances to or from him are found for about twenty 
years, but March 16, 1761, "Courtis" Bean, of Chester, conveyed to 
Benjamin Bean of Chester, miller, one hundred acres of land in 
Chester. B. LXVII, p. 464. Whether this was the father or the 
son I have not been able to determine. 

Deed, March 30, 1761, to Joseph Bean of Chester, husbandman, 
forty acres of land in Chester, but it was not recorded till Feb'y 13, 
1766. B. LXXIX, p. 352. 

This same land was conveyed Feb'y 11, 1766, by "Hannah Bean 
of Hampton Falls, N. H., widow, heir to ye estate of my late son 
Joseph Bean late of Chester, yeoman, deceased," and Curtis Bean of 
Raymond, "admin'' of the estate of the said Joseph Bean deC^." B. 
LXXIX, p. 353. 

This deed makes it certain that Joseph Bean died without issue 
and leaving no widow, and rather indicates that there were no other 
heirs of Joseph and, therefore, of Curtis, Senior. 

Among the soldiers on the expedition in 1755 against the French 
forts was Curtis Bean of Chester. 

Curtis Bean was one of the petitioners for the incorporation of 
Raymond, May i, 1763, and at the organization of the town. May 
29, 1764, Curtis Bean was chosen one of the "hawards." 

On Chase's map showing the early settlers of Chester, Lot No. 32 
is marked "C. Bean," and also on the lower part of it "J. Bean" ; it 
is a very large lot, triangular in shape, bounded on one side by the 
road, on another side partly by land of B. Bean, and on the other by 
land of D. Gordon. 


IV. Samuel Bean3 {Samuel^, John^) was born in 
Exeter; he married [published July 17, 1736] Rachel 


Tuck of Falmouth, Maine, quite certainly daughter of 
George and Mary [Morrill] Tuck of Beverly and Fal- 
mouth, born in 17 14; the date of his death is unknown; 
she married (2) Buffum, and died December 13, 


Children, both probably born in Windham, Maine: 

t 97. Mary4, b. Mar. 3, 1742, 

— 98. Racheh, bap. May 20, 1744; d. young. 

Samuel Bean of Exeter and Rachel Tuck of Falmouth, published 
in Falmouth [now Maine], July 17, 1736. 

"May 20, 1744, baptized, Rachel, the daughter of Samuel and 
Rachel Bean." New Marblehead (now Windham) Church Records. 

In deeds given in 1739 and 1740 he describes himself as of Fal- 
mouth, Mass ; in one of them his wife Rachel joins to release dower. 
B. XXIV, p. 156 ; B. XXV, p. 466 ; B. XXX, p. 412. 

Deed, Sept. 5, 1739, from Samuel Bean of Falmouth, Mass., of 
i2j^ acres in Exeter, "it being part of ye tract of land which I 
obtained by ye last will and testament of my hon^ father Mr. Sam'' 
Bean, late of Exeter, dec'd." B. XXV, p. 267. 

V. Mary Bean* married, Sepember i, 1766, Jonathan Wilson, 

son of , born October 14, 1742 ; he died September 55, 

1823, and she, July 12, 1839. 

Children, born in Windham, Maine : 

i. Jonathan Wilsons, b. May 30, 1767. 
ii. Rachel Wilsons, b. Dec. 13, 1770; m. John Mayberry. 
t iii. Joshua Wilsons, b. June 2, 1773. 

VI. Joshua Wilson^ married, March 16, 1797, Dorcas Mayberry, 
daughter of Thomas and Mary [Worcester] Mayberry, born August 
17, 1777 ; he died, February 20, 1825, and she December 25, 1856. 

Children, born in Windham, Maine : 

i. Francis Wilson^, b. Oct. 17, 1798. 

— ii. Jonathan Wilson^, b. Ap'l 2, 1801 ; d. Sept. 6, 1805. 

— iii. James Wilson*^, b. May 29, 1804 ; d. Sept. 10, 1805. 
iv. Lavina Wilson^, b. Nov. 11, 1806 ; m. Ansel Moore. 

V. Mary Wilson^ b. Jan'y 19, 181 1. 

VII. Ma7-y Wilson^ married, April 18, 1833, Benjamin Franklin 
Smith, son of Joseph and Sarah [Emerson] Smith, born in Bridgton, 


Maine, May 21, 1809 ; he died, February 24, 1887, and she, Septem- 
ber 22, 1898. 

Children, born in Bridgton : 

i. Susan Harriet Smith?, b. May 13, 1834; m. Albert G. 

ii. Edward Franklin Smith?, b. Oct. 5, 1836. 
iii. Mary Ellen Smith?, b. Jan'y i, 1839 ; m. Charles G. 

iv. Winsor Bruce Smith?, b. Mar. 5, 1842. 
V. Adrianna Marteens Smith?, b. Oct. 19, 1844; m. 

D. Smith Kimball. 
vi. Ferdinand Atwood Smith?, b. Nov. 23, 1846. 

— vii. Frank Wilson Smith?, b. June 20, 1849; d. Mar. 20 

viii. Sarah Ambrose Smith?, b. Dec. 27, 185 1 ; m. James 
= ix. Viola Alberta Smith?, b. Nov. 8, 1853. 


IV. Dinah Bean3 [John'^, John^) was born in Exeter, 
now Brentwood; she married, October 13, 1720, Jona- 
than Dudley, son of Samuel and Hannah [Thyng] 
Dudley of Exeter ; he died in June, 1762, leaving her 

Children, born in Exeter (now Brentwood) and 
Brentwood : 

99. Sarah Dudley*, b. ■ ; ra. Darby Kelley. 

100. Elizabeth Dudley^, b. Oct. 20, 1722 ; m. Joseph 

Greely, Jr. 

1 01. Dinah Dudley*, b. 

102. Mercy Dudley-*, b. 

103. Catharine Dudley*, b. 

— 104. Hannah Dudley*, b. ; d. unm. 

105. Joanna Dudley*, b. 

106. Jonathan Dudley*, b. ; served in Revolutionary 


107. Samuel Dudley*, b. 

108. John Dudley*, b. Dec. 3 [25], 1745. 


Sarah Dudley^ is said to have died March 27, 1825, in her one 
hundred and fifth year ; and Hannah is said to have reached the 
age of one hundred and two. 


IV, Jeremiah Bean3 [John^, Jokn^) was born in 

Exeter; his first wife was Mary ; she died at a date 

not ascertained and he married after 1738, Mehitable 
[Mayo] Bean, the widow of his cousin Benjamin Bean3, 
and daughter of Nathaniel and Mary [Brown] Mayo, 
born about 1705; he died in 1 781, leaving her surviving. 

Children, born in that part of Exeter that is now 
Brentwood : 

t 109. Catharine*, b. Ap'l 7, 1725. 

no. John*, b. 
t III. Sarah*, b. 
— 112. Mary*, b. ; d. without issue. 

Will of Jeremiah Bean of Brentwood, d. June 5, 1780, p. July 25, 
1 78 1, (Vol. XXVI, p. 146,) mentions wife, Mehitable; son, John ; 
daughters, Sarah Smith and Mary Bean ; grandson, Ebenezer Clark ; 
and son-in-law, Nicholas Smith, Ex'r. 

On Jan'y 18, 1728/9, Jeremiah Bean of Exeter, husbandman, 
exchanged with Thomas Webster of Exeter, thirty acres of land in 
Exeter for thirty-one and one-half acres of land also in Exeter, his 
wife Mary Bean Joining in the deed. B. XVI, p. 654 ; B. XVII, 
p. 278. 

Jonathan Fifield of Hampton conveyed, Dec. 26, 1727, to Jeremiah 
Bean (also described as of Hampton) in consideration of "love and 
respect," thirty acres of land in Kingston. B. XXXII, p. 134, 

This deed gives reason for believing that Jeremiah's first wife was 
a daughter of Jonathan Fifield ; but the Hampton records give no 
aid in deciding this ; there was a Jonathan Fifield in Hampton, 
apparently old enough to have been the father of Jeremiah's wife, 
but his family is not given. 

V. Catharine Bean^ married, July 10, 1766, as his second wife, 
Henry Clark of Greenland, son of Henry and Elizabeth [Greenleaf] 
Clark, born April 23, 1717 ; she died, August 19, 1769 ; he married 
again and died, February 27, 1804. 



Child, born in Greenland, N. H. : 

i. Ebenezer Clarks, b. July 29, 1769. 

Henry Clark had children by both his other wives. 

V. Sarah Bcan^, from the statement in her father's will, must 
have married Nicholas Smith ; but nothing further has, as yet, 
been ascertained about her family. 


IV. Sarah Bean3 {John-, Jo kn^) was born in Exeter; 
she married Robert Barber, son of Robert ; the dates of 
their deaths have not been ascertained. 

Children, born in that part of Exeter which became 
Newmarket and now Newfields : 

113. Robert Barber^, b. 

114. Daniel Barber-*, b. 

115. Zebulon Barber^, b. 

t 116. Elizabeth Barber^, b. Mar. 24, 1739. 

The first Robert Barber was killed by the Indians July 23, 1706, 
leaving children, Robert, and Mary, who married Nathan Taylor. 
He was probably grandson of John Barber, who was in Exeter in 

The town granted to Robert Barber, Feb'y 21, 1698, fifty acres of 
land, and in 1725, thirty acres to Robert Barber [Junior]. 

Nathan Taylor of Exeter and Mary, his wife, "daughter of Robert 
Barber late of Exeter deceased," conveyed, Sept. 23, 1731, to Robert 
Barber of Exeter, all interest in land granted to "our honored father 
Robert Barker." B. XX, p. 161. 

Robert Barber of Newmarket conveyed. May 3, 1758, twenty acres 
of land in Epping to his son Daniel Barber of Epping. B. LXXXV, 
p. 21. And Nov. 27, 1758, an interest in land in Nottingham. B. 
LXXXIV, p. 97^. And in 1773, Daniel conveyed one-half of the 
last lot to "my brother Robert Barber Jr. of Newmarket," and the 
other half to his brother, Zebulon Barber. B. CLXXI, p. 378 ; B. 
CXXIX, p. 78. 

V. Elizabeth Barber* married, March 15 [16], 1762, Capt. 
Nathaniel Wilson, son of Humphrey and Mary [Leavitt] Wilson of 
Exeter, born June 24, 1739 ; he died, February 16, 18 19, and she, 
March 12, 1824. 


Children, born part in Exeter and part in Gilmanton : 

i. Warren Wilsons, b. 

— ii. John Wilsons, b. ; d. young. 

iii. Robert Wilsons, b. 

iv, Nathaniel Wilsons, b. 

V. John Wilsons, b. 

vi. Job Wilsons, b. 

vii. Levi Wilsons, b. 

viii. Jeremiah Wilsons, b. Oct. 14, 1781. 

According to the History of Gilmanton (p. 242) Capt. Nathaniel 
Wilson moved into Gilmanton in the iirst week in March, 1769, and 
spent the rest of his life there. The same history makes his wife, 
Elizabeth Barber, the daughter of the Robert Barber who was killed 
by the Indians; but he was killed in 1706, and Elizabeth was not 
born till 1739 ; she was granddaughter of that Robert and daughter 
of his son Robert. 


IV. William Bean3 {John'^.John^) was born in Exe- 
ter; he was twice married ; (i) to Mary and (2) to 

Margaret Dolloff, daughter of Richard and Catharine 
[Bean] Dolloff, born in Exeter, March 18, 1704. 

^Children, born in that part of Exeter which became 
Brentwood and in Brentwood : 

117. William4, b. - 

118. Abner4, b. 

By deed, dated Oct. 14, 1734, William Bean of Exeter, "son of 
John Bean, late of Exeter deceased," naming therein "Mary Bean, ye 
wife of me ye sd William Bean" (but she did not sign the deed) 
conveyed his interest in his father's estate. B. XXII, p. 148. 

As this deed was not acknowledged till two years after it is quite 
probable that his wife had died in the meantime. 

The will of Richard Dolloff, dated Ap'l 4, 1744, mentions his 
daughter Margaret Bean. See ante^ p. 96. 

* I had not completed my investigation of this and the next family before the 
removal of the old records from Exeter to Concord, by which I am prevented 
from completing it in season for this publication. 


And Richard Uolloff, by deed dated Jan'y 3, 1749/50, conveyed 
land in Nottingham to "my son-in-law, William Bean of Exeter." 
B. XLIII, p. 95. 

And June 10, 1766, William Bean of Brentwood and Margaret 
Bean join in a deed of land in Nottingham. B. CIX, p. 349. 

William Bean was taxed in Brentwood in 1743, 1745, 1751* i7S4. 
1757. 1758, I7S9' i[764and 1769. 

On February 21, 1763, he conveyed ten acres of land in Brent- 
wood to his son, Abner Bean. B. LXXXIX, p. 360. 

Abner was quite certainly the son of his second wife and named 
for her brother, Abner Dolloff. 

There were quite a number of other deeds to and from him, but 
they do not throw any light upon his family history. 

In 1769, William Bean of Brentwood petitioned to have his rates 
remitted ; he said that he was a Quaker, that for thirty years he had 
been a cripple from a bad wound and that, in 1758, his son was 
impressed and he was obliged to pay quite a sum to have him 
released; his petition was granted. State Papers, Vol. XI, p. 231. 

In the same connection it is stated that Darby Kelley received 
one hundred pounds, old tenor, for going into the war for Abner 
Bean. Ibid. 

The evidence as to the existence of other children has not been 
completed, but there is little doubt that he had a son William by his 
first wife. 


IV. EfifeNEZER Bean3 {JoJin^, Johfi^) was born in 
Exeter; he married, December — , 1734, Mehitable 
Bartlett of Amesbury; he died in the latter part of 1755 
or the early part of 1756. 


119. Ebenezer^, b. 

The investigation of this family has not been completed. 

Deed dated May 27, 1734, from Ebenezer Bean of Stratham, 
"cordwainor," "son of John Bean, late of Exeter, deceased," of his 
right in his father's estate one-seventh. B. XX, p. 384. 

Ebenezer Bean was at Crown Point in 1755, in the company of 
Capt. Folsom, but whether father or son is not yet settled. 


Deed, May 20, 1755, from Ebenezer Bean of Epping, "cordwainor," 
of twenty acres in Epping ; it was not acknowledged, but he receipted 
the same day for the consideration and on June 3, 1756, the deed 
was proved in court and that "it is reported that said Ebenezer Bean 
is dead." B. LXIV, p. 15. 


IV. John Bean3 {Johii^, Jokn^) was born in that 
part of Exeter which became Newmarket, about 1716; 
the name of his wife has not been ascertained; he lived 
in Newmarket till his death in 1793, according to a 
note by Rev. Mr. Lancaster, author of the History of 

Children, born in Newmarket: 

120. Jude4, b. June i, 1742. 

121. Stephen'*, b. 

122. Joseph^, b. , 1747. 

123. David*, b. Dec. 14, 1749. 

124. Elizabeth*, b. 

Deed, May 4, 1762, from John Bean of Newmarket, husbandman, 
to "my son Jude Bean," one-half share or right in Gilmanton. B. 
LXX, p. 18. And deed, Sept. 3, 1767, from John Bean of New- 
market to Jude Bean of Gilmanton, one hundred acres in Gilmanton. 
B. XCVII, p. 326. 

Deed, Jan'y 12, 1769, from same to "my son Steven Bean" of New- 
market "one hundred acres of land in Gilmanton." B. XCVII, 
p. 326. 

The History of Gilmanton says that Jude, David, Stephen (called 
"Farmer Bean"), and Joseph were all sons of John Bean of New- 
market and all settled in Gilmanton. In his unpublished notes, 
Mr. Lancaster, author of that history, says that they had a sister 


IV. John Bean3 {James^, Jokn^) was born in Exeter 
about 1693; until the death of his grandfather John^, 
and his uncle Jokn^, he was called "John ye fourth," and 
seems to have been John's favorite grandson ; the given 


name of his wife was Sarah but her family name has 
not been discovered; but it is believed by many that she 
or his mother was a Sinkler; he had died in 1747, but 
probably not long before, having survived his wife. 
Children, born in Exeter: 

125. Joshua-*, b. 

126. Sinkler'*, b. 

127. Nathaniel-*, b. 

t 128. Mary* [or Mercy], b. 

Neither the dates nor even the order of births are known ; these 
are all the children who survived him ; if there were others they died 
young or without issue. 

To identify this John Bean has required a careful analysis of a 
large number of deeds, and to show that the conclusions herein given 
are correct, a particular account of them is necessary : 

1. John Bean' conveyed, Jan'y 24, 1714/15, to John Bean, "my 
beloved grandson of the same Exeter, the son of my son James 
Bean," the Hackett lot of twelve acres "upon which my dwelling 
house and barn stand;" also his fresh meadow in Exeter; but 
reserving use of one-half of house and barn. B. IX, p. 239. 

2. John Bean, "ye fourth, son of James Bean," conveyed, Feb'y 
25, 17 15/16, to Bartholomew Thing nine and one-half acres of land 
in Exeter, "commonly called by name of Hackett's lot which my 
hon<^ grandfather gave me by one deed of gift." B, IX, p. 415. 

3. This conveyance was made in exchange for a deed from 
Thing, dated the same day, to "John Bean son of James Bean of 
Exeter, husbandman," of land in Exeter, containing by estimation 
forty-five acres, on the south side of the great fresh river, bounded 
southerly (in part) on the road leading to Kingston ; easterly by 
Thomas Seawall's land ; and by Dudley's land and by Benjamin 
Thing's land. B. IX, p. 572. 

4. On June 17, 1725, John Bean, Senior, of Exeter, husbandman, 
his wife, Sarah, joining in the deed, conveyed land in Exeter, on the 
south side of Exeter river, near the great hill, being by estimation 
twenty-two and one-half acres, "// be2?ig the one-half of the land which 
the said fohfi Bean bought of Mr. Bartholomew Thing, bounded south- 
erly by the highway leading to Kingston, Easterly with the land 
formerly Thomas Seawall's ; northerly with the said Seawall's land ; 
and westerly with the land of John Roberts." B. XIV, p. 290. 


These last two deeds identify Xh&/ohn Bean, Senior, of 1725, with 
John Bean, ye fourth, son of James, of 17 16. 

5. The other half of this Thing lot, "John Bean, ye fourth, of 
Exeter, and son of James Bean, husbandman," had conveyed to his 
brother, Edward Bean, April 9, 17 17. The description corresponds 
with that in the other deeds ; it shows that the lot had been run out 
since he had purchased it and that his dwelling house stood on it, 
"being one-half of the lot I bought of Bartholomew Thing." His 
wife did not join in it at the time, but on May 26, 1722, Sarah Bean, 
"wife of the within named John Bean, son of James Bean, husband- 
man," released her right of dower. B. XIII, p. 140. 

6. On March 19, 1716/17, John Bean, "ye fourth ye son of James 
Bean of Exeter," conveyed to Thomas Webster ten acres of land in 
Exeter, "being ye piece of meadow which my honored grandfather, 
John Bean of said Exeter gave unto me said John Bean." B. IX, 
p. 247. 

7. This conveyance was in exchange for a deed, dated the same 
day, from Webster to "John Bean of Exeter, son of James Bean, 
husbandman," (the consideration being "the exchange of ten acres of 
land in Exeter",) of land containing fifty acres, being one-half of the 
one hundred acres of land granted to Satchell Rundlett in 1707, on 
the west side of the great fresh river, the other half being held by 
Joseph Rawlins of Stratham. 

8. John Bean of Exeter, husbandman, (no mention of wife), con- 
veyed, August 15, 1734, to Daniel Oilman, ten acres of land on the 
west side of Exeter fresh river, being part of the one hundred acres 
granted to Satchell Rundlett in 1707, bounded in part by the fresh 
river and in part by Joseph Rawlings' land. B. XX, p. 263. 

These two deeds identify John, the son of James, with the John 
Bean of Exeter, husbandman, in 1734. 

9. The town of Exeter made a grant, April 12, 1725, (among 
others) of forty acres to John Bean, Sr. ; but it was not run out till 
1732, and even then the completion of the matter was delayed ; and 
on May 4, 1732, John Bean, Senior, of Exeter, husbandman, con- 
veyed his interest in this grant to Nathaniel Oilman. B. XVIII, 

P- 351- 

10. On Aug. 29, 1717, John Bean, "ye fourth of Exeter, planter," 
conveyed to Edward Bean (who was his brother) all his lands in 
Exeter, seventy-three acres. B, IX, p. 603. 

The purpose of this conveyance is not understood ; probably it 

was conveyed back by a deed not recorded, for John continued to 
treat the land as his own and ultimately sold the most of it to other 

11. John Oilman conveyed,- June 9, 17 19, to John Bean of Exeter, 
twenty acres of land in Exeter "on the east side of Deer Hill plain," 
but it is described only by marked trees, courses and distances and 
cannot now be identified ; the deed was not acknowledged till Feb'y 
2, 1729/30, nor recorded till Dec. 7, 1732. B. XIX, p. 55. 

12. Nathaniel Bean of Exeter, "Joyner," conveyed, by deed dated 
May 26, 1747, to "my two brothers, Joshua Bean of Keenborough, 
N. H., and Sinkler Bean of Brentwood, weaver," all land in Exeter 
"which did in any ways belong to our honor'^ father John Bean, late 
of Exeter, deceased." 

13. Samuel Torry and Mary Torry, his wife, both of Exeter, 
conveyed, June 11, 1750, "to our two Brothers, viz., Joshua Bean and 
Sinkler Bean, both of the Parish of Brentwood, yeoman and weaver," 
all land in Exeter which did "belong to our honour'i father, John 
Bean, late of Exeter Deceased." This and the preceding deed were 
not recorded till March 21, 1766. B. LXXXVII, pp. 402, 404. 

14. And on March 31, 1766, Joshua Bean of Brentwood, hus- 
bandman, conveyed real estate to "my brother, Sinkler Bean of 
Brentwood," for the consideration "of dividing and finally settling 
the real estate of my honoured father, John Bean, late of Exeter, 
deceased," "being that twenty acres of land which my honored 
father, John Bean, late of Exeter, deceased, bought of Capt. John 
Oilman" and "now in possession of my said brother Sinkler Bean." 
B. XCV, p. 304^. See above, deed 11. 

This lot was apparently Sinkler Bean's homestead which he sold 
April 16, 1766, about the time when he moved to Salisbury. B. 
CIX, p. 181. 

Undoubtedly Sinkler gave a corresponding deed to Joshua, but no 
record of it has been found. 

V. Mary £eati*, a daughter of this John evidently married Samuel 
Torrey; but as yet no further mention of her has been found than 
in their deed to her brothers. 


IV. Edward Bean3 {James^, John^) was born in 
Exeter as early as 1695; the name of his wife is not 


known; about 1728 he moved to Nottingham, and he 
died about 1754. 

Children, born in Exeter: 

129. James^, b. 

130. George*, b. 

131. Edward*, b. 

132. John*, b. 

t 133. Bridget*, b. 

He is described in deeds as of Exeter, as late as 1727, and as of 
Nottingham as early as 1729 ; he was elected one of the Selectmen, 
March 15, 1733/4. 

He was a petitioner (among the Nottingham men) for the New 
Market bridge, Nov. 21, 1746. 

The last record in which he is mentioned is Oct. 20, 1749 ; but 
his son Edward continued to sign "Jr." till 1753, but had ceased to 
do so in 1754. 

He was a party to numerous deeds, only a part of which need to 
be mentioned. 

On Oct. 10, 1727, John and Peter Oilman conveyed to Edward 
Bean of Exeter, land in Nottingham. B. LXIV, p. 6. 

Sept. 23, 1729, Edward Bean of Nottingham, conveyed to John 
Sinkler, thirty acres of land in Exeter, which had been granted to 
him by the town. B. XIX, p. 39. 

Edward Bean of Nottingham, husbandman, by deed dated March 
29, 1744, ack. Oct. 20, 1749, witnessed by Edward Bean, Jr., and not 
recorded till Ap'l 18, 1795, conveyed to James Bean ten acres of 
land in Nottingham. B. CXXXIX, p. 390. 

In 1740, Matthew Nealey conveyed fifty acres of land in Notting- 
ham to George Bean of Nottingham, Edward Bean witnessing the 
deed. B. LII, p. 91. 

John Bean of Nottingham conveyed, July 11, 1744, to George 
Bean of the same place one-half a lot containing one hundred acres 
in Nottingham. B. XXIX, p. 203. 

This land had been conveyed to John Bean by James Bean, 
March 30, 1744, by deed witnessed by Edward Bean, Jr. 

Among the petitioners, in 1753, from Nottingham for the New- 
market bridge were James Bean, George Bean and Edward Bean, Jr. 

V. Bridget Bean'- of Nottingham and David Davis of York were 
published July 19, 1751. 


George Bean conveyed, Dec. lo, 1755, to Daniel Davis of Notting- 
ham, twenty acres of land in Nottingham, and Edward Bean witnessed 
the deed ; it was acknowledged, Aug. 19, 1765, and recorded, Oct. 
28, 1765. B. LXXXV, p. 283. 


IV. Benjamin Bean3 (/ames^, John^) was born in 
Kingston, May 15, 1699; he married, August 5, 1725, 
Mehitable Mayo of Eastham, daughter of Nathaniel and 
Mary [Brown] Mayo, born about 1705 ; he died in 1738, 
and she married his cousin Jeremiah Bean3 (John^). 

Children, the first two or three born in Eastham, and 
the others in Haverhill, Mass.: 

134. Sarah^, b. May 14, 1727; bap. Nov. 4, 1733. 




Benjamin^ b. May 9, 1729; 

Mehitable^, b. , 1731 ; 

Davids b. , 1733 ; 

Jonathans b. , 1733 ; 

\ b. , 1735. 

•*, b. , 1735. 

^ b. , 1737. 

There is a tradition in this family that there were eight children, 
including two pairs of twins; that the father was drowned in 1738 
by falling from a boat on Exeter river, his son Benjamin being with 

The births of the first two children are recorded in the Eastham 
records ; Mehitable, the wife of Benjamin Bean, was baptized in 
Kingston church, September 16, 1733; and on November 4, 1733, 
Benjamin Bean and his five children, Sarah, Benjamin, Mehitable, 
David and Jonathan were also baptized. 

On August 6, 1 73 1, Samuel Bean, Jr., of Kingston, conveyed to 
"my brother Benjamin Bean of Eastham," Mass., land in Kingston, 
"on which our father, James Bean, now dwelleth, being about sixty 
acres" * * * "he to take possession thereof immediately after ye 
decease of our father and mother and not before." B. XVIII, p, 73. 

On October 24, 1734, Samuel Bean, Jr., of Kingston, conveyed to 
Benjamin Bean of Haverhill, Mass., cooper, land in Kingston, about 
six acres, "where my father James Bean now dwelleth." B. XXI, 
P- 550- 


On June i6, 1735, Benjamin Bean of Haverhill, Mass., cooper, 
conveyed land in Kingston. B. XXIV, p. 215. 

I have not yet been able to ascertain the names of the other three 
children nor to trace the subsequent history of the daughters Sarah 
and Mehitable. 


IV. Margaret Bean3 [James^, John^). 
Beyond the record of her birth nothing has been 
found in relation to her. 


IV. Joseph Bean3 {James^, John^) was born in 
Kingston, October 17, 1704; he married, March 16, 

1724/5, Hannah Davis, daughter of and Mary 

[ ] Davis; he died, January 7, 1767, and she in 


Children, born in Kingston : 

— 142. Colman4, bap. Feb'y 6, 1725/6; d. July 9, 1731. 

— 143. Margaret^, bap. Nov. 26, 1727 ; d. June 28, 1735. 

t 144. Miriamt, b. Feb'y 19, 1729/30; bap. June 21, 1730. 

— 145. Joseph4,bap.Jan'y7» 1732- > One died, June25, 1735, 

— 146. Seth'*, bap. May 12, 1734. ) and the other " 27, " 

— 147. Seth4, b. Ap'l 8, 1736; bap. Ap'l n, 1736; d. Mar. 

31. 1737- 
t 148. Margaret^, b. Aug. 12, 1738; bap. Aug, 13, 1738. 
t 149. Sarahs, b. Ap'l 19, 1740; bap. Ap'l 27, 1740. 

150. Joseph^, b. Sept. 30, 1742 ; bap. Oct. 3, 1742. 

151. Peter4' b. Jan'y 28, 1744/S ; bap. Feb'y 3, 1744/5- 
His will (of Kingston), d. Dec. 13, 1766, p. Jan'y 12, 1767, (Vol. 

XVIII, p. 336) mentions wife Hannah; sons Joseph and Peter; 
daughters, Miriam, wife of Jacob French, Margaret, wife of Nathan 
Bachelder, and Sarah; also daughter French's oldest son; grand- 
children, Joseph French and Joseph Bachelder; and son-in-law, 
Nathan Bachelder. William Parker of Kingston and son Joseph, 

Will of Hannah Bean of East Kingston, (widow of Joseph, late of 
East Kingston, deceased) d. Nov. 17, 1785, p. Dec. 8, 1788, (Vol. 


XXIX, p. 30,) mentions daughter Sarah Smith, who was named as 

Joseph Bean was a member of the church at East Kingston, at its 
organization, Oct. 22, 1739, and his wife, Hannah, was admitted 
Nov. 18, 1739. 

I have abstracts of over twenty deeds to and from him ; in the 
earlier deeds he is styled "weaver" and in the later ones, "Inn- 
holder"; the last deed was dated Oct. 28, 1765, and was not acknowl- 
edged, but was proved in court June 4, 1767, the witnesses testifying 
that "it is reported that the said Joseph Bean is dead." 

V. Miriam Bean^ married, Nov. 20, 1748, Jacob French of "Sea- 
brook in Hampton," born January i, 1730. 
Children : 

Jacob Frenchs, b. June 28, 1751, at Hampton Falls. 
Sarah Frenchs, b. July 23, 1753, " " " 

Anne French?, b. Sept. i, 1756. 
"Mole" [Molly] Frenchs, b. Ap'l 30, 1759. 
Joseph Frenchs, b. June 7, 1761. 
Jacob French^ settled in Jay, Maine, where he died April 5, 1819. 
Joseph French^ is mentioned in the will of his grandfather Bean, 
for whom he was named. 

On August 3, 1768, Jacob French of "Seabrook in Hampton," 
carpenter, conveyed to "my brother-in-law, Joseph Bean of Kingston," 
four acres of salt marsh in Salisbury. Book XCIV, p. 413. 

V. Margaret Bean^ married, April 8, 1756, Nathan Bachelder of 
Kingston, probably son of Dea. Ebenezer Bachelder of East Kings- 
ton, born October 25, 1734: 
Children, born in Kingston : 

i. Richard Bachelders, b. Dec. 8, 1756 [Jan'y 2, 1757]. 
ii. Phineas Bachelders, b. Nov. 18, 1760. 
iii. William Bachelders, b. April [Aug.] 4, 1763. 

iv. Joseph Bachelders, b. , 1765. 

— V. Ebenezer Bachelders, b. , 1767 ; d. in infancy. 

vi. Ebenezer Bachelders, b. , 1769. 

vii. Dolly Bachelders, b. Feb'y 15, 1772 ; m. Elkanah 
Bean of Laconia. 

viii. Josiah Bachelders, b. , 1775. 

The name of Phineas Bachelder, a resident of Penobscot County, 
Maine, was put on pension roll, Sept. 27, 183 1 ; aged 73 ; served in 


the New Hampshire line. It is also on the list published in 1840; 
then of Garland, Maine ; age, 80 ; lived with John H. Bachelder. 

V, Sarah Bea?i^, according to her mother's will, must have mar- 
ried a Smith, possibly William Smith, as his second wife, but she has 
not been traced. 


IV. Jeremiah Bean3 (James^, Jokn^) was born in 
Kingston, April 9, 1707; he married, Nov. 13, 1729, 
Sarah Blake of Hampton, daughter of Philemon and 
Sarah [Dearborn] Blake, born February 24, 1707; he 
died in Deerfield in 1796; the date of her death is not 
known, but she was living March 27, 1788, the date of 
his will. 

Children, born in that part of Exeter which became 
Brentwood and in Brentwood : 

t 152 

Jemima^, b. Dec. 3, 1730. 

153. Jeremiah*, b. Nov. 19, 1732. 

— 154. Jonathan*, b. Feb'y 20, 1735 ; d. Aug. 10, 1735. 

155. Jonathan*, b. Sept. 10, 1736. 

156. Elisha*, b. Feb'y 4, 1740; bap. Mar. 9, 1740. 

— 157. Joseph*, b. Ap'l 16, 1742 ; d. June 8, 1744. 
158. Joseph*, b. June 7, 1745. 

— 159. Benjamin*, b. Mar, 29, 1747; bap. July 26, 1747; 

d. Feb'y 20, 1750/1. 

160. Benjamin*, b. Feb'y 24, 1750/1. 

The marriage is from the Hampton Second Church record, in 
which he is described as of Kingstown ; it is possible that some of 
his children were born in Kingston ; they are recorded on the Brent- 
wood records; but as Brentwood was not incorporated till 1744, the 
record was not made till after nearly all of them were born. 

He was admitted to the Kingston church, July 6, 1729, and his 
wife, April 12, 1730, by dismissal from another church. 

According to the annals of the Brentwood church he and his wife 
were among those who organized the Second Church in Brentwood, 
having been dismissed by letter from the Kingston church ; the 
Second Church (also called the Gully Church) united with the First 
Church, Jan'y 21, 1756, and became the Union Church of which he 


was elected Deacon in the Fall of 1763, and so remained until 
dismissed by letter to the Deerfield Church in 1788. 

There were three contemporary Jeremiah Beans in Brentwood and 
this one was Jeremiah, Jr., or "Deacon Jeremiah." 

After his sons grew up he sold out in Brentwood and purchased 
quite an amount of land in Candia, bordering on the Deerfield line, 
on which he settled his sons Jeremiah, Jonathan and Joseph ; and 
also a farm just over the line in Deerfield on which he settled his 
youngest son, Benjamin, with whom he lived ; for Elisha, he pur- 
chased a farm in Plymouth. 

His will, d. Mar. 27, 1788, p. Dec. 13, 1796, (Vol. XXXII, p. 223,) 
mentions wife, Sarah ; sons, Jeremiah, Jonathan, Elisha, Joseph and 
Benjamin ; daughter Jemima Webster, and granddaughter, Jemima 
Rand ; son Benjamin, Ex'r. 

V. Jemwia Bean'' married, January 9, \'jc^il2, Jacob Smith, son 

of Jonathan and Bridget [ ] Smith; he died in 1755, and she 

married, December 28, 1756, Joseph Eastman ; he died, September 
2, 1774; and she married Abel Webster. 

Children, by first husband, born in Brentwood : 

— i. Henry Smiths, b. Oct. 18, 1753 ; d. in infancy, 
ii. Jacob Smiths, b. Oct. 20, 1755. 

Children, by second husband, born in Kingston : 

iii. Hannah Eastmans, b. Nov. 6, 1757 ; bap. Nov. 13, 

iv. Shuah Eastmans, b. Oct. 27, 1760; bap. Nov. 9, 1760. 
V. Henry Eastmans, b. July 4, 1763 ; bap. July 17, 1763. 
vi. Jemima Eastmans, b. May 22, 1766. 
vii. Joseph Eastmans, b. 

— viii. Elizabeth Eastmans, bap. June 21, 1772 ; d. young. 
The church record gives Dec. 28, 1756, as the date of her second 

marriage, but the town record gives it January 30, 1756; the latter 
is evidently erroneous. 

The foregoing is obtained partly from church and town records, 
but also largely from deeds, and there were so many intermarriages 
between these Eastmans and the Beans that I deem it important to 
give the authorities. 

In October, 1771, David Clifford quitclaimed to Jeremiah Bean of 
Brentwood as guardian for his grandson, Jacob Smith, son of Jacob 
Smith, deceased, ''born of Jemima, daughter of said Jeremiah and 


wife of said Jacob Smith deceased," (said Jemima being then the 
wife of Joseph Eastman of Kingston) and to said Jacob Smith, said 
minor, land in Brentwood, part of the real estate of "Jonathan Smith 
and after him, his wife, Bridget Smith, which said Jonathan and 
Bridget Smith were the reputed father and mother of the foremen- 
tioned Jacob Smith dec'd." B. CVIII, p. 379. 

On May 11, 1772, Jeremiah Bean, as guardian, etc., and Jacob 
Smith, the minor, and Joseph Eastman and Jemima his wife convey 
three-sevenths of land that was Jonathan Smith's. B. CLXX, p. 395. 

On May 28, 1777, Jeremiah Bean was appointed guardian of 
Henry and Joseph Eastman, minor heirs of Joseph Eastman, under 
fourteen years of age, and of Shuah Eastman, over fourteen ; and 
the widow, Jemima Eastman, was appointed guardian of Jemima and 
Elizabeth Eastman, minor heirs of Joseph, under fourteen. 

On the real estate of Joseph Eastman of Kingston, was set 

off to his heirs, one-third to his widow, Jemima ; two shares to Henry 
Eastman, his oldest son ; one share to Joseph Eastman, his youngest 
son ; and one share each to his daughters, Sarah, wife of Benjamin 
Bean, Hannah, wife of Samuel Bean ; Shuah Eastman and Jemima 

Elizabeth who was alive in 1777, had then deceased. 

On September 24, 1789, Henry Eastman and Sarah, his wife ; 
Benjamin Bean, yeoman, and Sarah, his wife ; Levi Bean, yeoman, 
and Jemima, his wife, all of Deerfield; and Samuel Bean, yeoman, 
and Hannah, his wife, of Salisbury, convey to David Sanborn, land 
in Kingston, bounded on the line of Brentwood ; and Jemima 
Webster, wife of Abel Webster, consents thereto and quitclaims and 
releases all right of dower. B. CLXIV, p. 109. 

The same parties (except Jemima Webster) conveyed, Oct. 17, 
1788, to Aaron Young the reversion in land "set off to our hon'd 
mother, Jemima Webster, in the farm of our Hon'd father, Joseph 
Eastman, late of Kingston, deceased." B. CXXXIX, p. 426. 

These deeds show that Shuah had then deceased without issue, 

Joseph Eastman had married, March 10, 175 1, Hannah Castle or 
Carter [the writing in the record is uncertain] ; she died December 
6, 1754; by her he had: 

i. Sarah Eastman, b, July 14, 1752, 
— ii, Hannah Eastman, b, Nov. 14, 1754; bap. Dec. 5, 
1754; d. Nov. 20, 1755. 

Sarah Eastman married Benjamin Bean* (Jeremiahs) of Deerfield. 


Hannah Eastman married Samuel Bean of Salisbury. 

Henry Eastman married Sarah Bean 5 (Jeremiah*, Jeremiahs) of 

Jemvna Eastman married Levi Beans (Jeremiah*, Jeremiahs) of 


IV. Samuel Bean3 {James-, John^) was born in 
Kingston January ii, 1710/11; he married, September 
8, 1 731, [Kingston Church record] Mary Buzzell [Bus- 
well] daughter of William and Juda [Dennis] Buzzell 
[Buswell], born March 19, 1714, and baptized Decem- 
ber 31, 1727, having "grown to years of understanding;" 
he died about 1778, and she died in Sutton, August 8, 
181 1, said to have been one hundred years old, but 
really in her 98th year. 

Children, born in that part of Kingston which became 
Sandown, as shown by the Kingston Church records : 

— 161. 4, b. ; d. Oct. 8, 1735. 

Judith*, bap. Jan'y — , 1736. 

Joseph*, bap. Aug. 28, 1737 ; unm. ; killed at Quebec, 

Sept., 1759. 
Cornelius*, bap. Aug. 3, 1740. 
Sarah*, bap. Jan'y 16, 1742/3. 
Mary*, bap. Dec. 29, 1745. 
Samuel*, bap. Feb'y 14, 1747/8. 
Jean*, bap. June 3, 1750; probably died young. 
William*, bap. Ap'l 26, 1753. 

Elizabeth*, b. ; d. unm. Sept. 20, 182 1. 

Isaac*, bap. Oct. 2, 1757 ; died in infancy. 
A part of the children are recorded in Sandown, as follows : 
Cornelius, b. Jan'y 2, 1741 [1739/40.] 
Sarah, b. Dec. 10, 1742. 
Mary, b. Dec. 8, 1746 [1745]. 
Samuel, b. Jan'y 7, 1748 [1747/8]. 
Cornelia, b. July 8, 1750. [Uncertain.] 
William, b. Ap'l 3, 1753. 
Elizabeth, b. May 6, 1755. 



















Sandown was not incorporated till 1756, so that these births were 
not recorded till long after they happened ; but each baptism was 
recorded at the time it took place and, therefore, the church records 
are vastly more reliable than the town record. The figures in 
brackets are the ones shown by the church record to be correct. 

The first item in the church record after the marriage is "1735, 
Oct. 8, Samuel Bean Jr lost his eldest child;" the next, "1736, Jan'y 
Judith Bean" baptized and "Samuel Bean and his wife" * * * "and 
owned ye covenant;" and among those admitted to membership 
Mar. 28, 1742, was "Mary, wife of Samuel Bean." 

The omissions from the Sandown record are explained by the facts 
that when it was made Judith had married and moved away ; and 
"the oldest child" and Joseph and Isaac had died. 

I am informed that the family is also recorded in the Sutton 
records, and that that record differs from both the others. 

The account given in the History of Sutton, presumably taken 
from the Sutton record, also differs from the foregoing. It gives 
Judith b. 1732, and Joseph b. 1736, but does not give Isaac. 

My copyist did not find Elizabeth in either the church or Sandown 
record, and I give her on the authority of that history, and family 

That history states that Samuels died at Hopkinton in June, 1800, 
while on his way to Sutton. I was led to doubt the accuracy of this 
date by finding the record of a deed dated Feb'y 27, 1779, which 
appeared to be from his wife, Mary, in which she describes herself 
as "widow." Hon. Ezra S. Stearns of Concord, had occasion to 
investigate this matter, and found that it was certain that this deed* 
was from Mary Bean, widow, who had been the wife of Samuel Bean, 
conveying her interest in the estate of her father, William Buswell, to 
her brother, William, Jr. The records of Hopkinton are very com- 
plete after the Revolution and they have no mention of his death. 
In the Sandown records he is frequently mentioned, but not at all 
after 1778. While he may have died in Hopkinton on his way to 
Sutton, it must have been in 1778, instead of 1800. 

He had been constable, assessor and moderator in Sandown. 

* It runs from Mary Bean, widow, of Sandown, Samuel Busiel of Loudon, and 
Mehitable Pillsbury of Amesbury, to William Busiel of Hawke, of "all interest in 
the estate of William Busiel, our honored father." These are the known brothers 
and sister of the Marj' Busiel who married Samuel Bean. 


It will be noticed that the Sandown record gives a daughter 
Cornelia, born July 8, 1750 ; it has been thought that this is an error 
for Cornelius and that the first Cornelius died in infancy ; but the 
church record shows that a daughter Jean was baptized June 8, 1750 ; 
and moreover, Cornelius was married in 1759. My solution is that 
Jean was afterwards called Cornelia ; whatever her name, she dropped 
out of sight, and examination indicates that she died unmarried and 
probably young. 

On June 9, 1729, James Bean conveyed to his son, Samuel Bean, 
Jr., of Kingston, three quarters of two hundred acres of land in 
Kingston. B. XVI, p. 563. And on Oct. 17, 1729, Samuel Bean, 
Jr., conveyed fifty acres of land in Kingston, "being part which I 
bought of my father James Bean." B. XVI, p. 579. In other 
deeds, between 1730 and 1736, he is styled "husbandman," "yeoman" 
and "laborer." I have abstracts of over forty deeds to and from 
him, but they are not of sufficient interest to quote ; in some his 
wife Mary joins to release dower; those up to 1756, inclusive, 
describe him as of Kingston ; after that as of Sandown ; the latest 
was dated in 1761. 

V. Judith Beati^ married, June 5, 1754, Moses Quimby, born in 
1 7 13; they lived in that part of Kingston which became Hawke, 
afterwards Danville; in 1773, they moved to Sutton, where he died, 
December 18, 1797, and she, November 9, 1817. 

Children, born in (now) Danville, except the last : 

— i. Jean Quimbys, b. , 1755; bap. Oct. 15, 1755; 

d. young. 

— ii. Elizabeth Quimbys, b. July 6, 1757; bap. July 31, 

1757 ; d. unm., Mar. 17, 1826. 
iii. Hannah Quimbys, b. Oct. 19, 1759; bap. Oct. 21, 

1759; m. Philip Nelson, 
iv. Mary Quimbys, b. Sept. 17, 1761 ; bap. Oct. 11, 1761 ; 

m. (i) John Muzzey, (2) Joseph Putney. 
V. Sarah Quimbys, b. May 31, 1765 ; m. Daniel Andrew, 
vi. Judith Quimbys, b. Dec. 25, 1768. 
vii. Dorothy Quimbys, b. Jan'y 10, 1771 ; m. Jacob Bean. 

— viii. Rhoda Quimbys, b. ; d. unm. Nov. 21, 1795. 

The baptisms are taken from the Kingston church records, and 
the dates of birth from the Danville town records. I give Rhoda on 


the authority of the History of Sutton ; she was probably born in 

V, Sarah Bean'' married, March 13, 1768, Samuel Peaslee, son 

of David and Rachel [ ] Peaslee, born June 5, 1746; he died, 

September 12, 182 1, and she, July 20, 1820. 

Children, born in Sutton, except the first : 

i. Mary Peaslees, b. Sept. 4, 1769 ; m. Jonathan Heath, 
ii. Sarah Peaslees, b. Oct. 30, 177 1 ; m. Samuel Andrew, 
iii. Thomas Peaslees, b. June 21, 1773. 
iv. Rachel Peaslees, b. May 5, 1775 ; m. James Heath. 
V. Samuel Peaslees, b. Nov. 28, 1776; m. Hannah 

vi. David Peaslees, b. Feb'y 20, 1778. 
vii. Joseph Peaslees, b. Mar. 14, 1780. 
viii. Judith Peaslees, b. Jan'y 2, 1783. 
ix. Jonathan Peaslees, b. Ap'l 7, 1785. 

Sarah Peaslee^ is said to have been the first female born in Sutton. 

Thomas and Joseph married daughters of Benjamin and Mary 
[Bean] Wells, their cousins. The Heaths were from Bridgewater. 

V. Mary Beaw^ married, , Benjamin Wells of Sandown ; he 

died in 1825 and she in 1832. 

Children, born in Sutton : 

i. Isaac Wellss, b. 

ii. Benjamin Wellss, b. 

iii. Joseph Wellss, b. 

iv. Ruth Bean Wellss, b. 

V. Mary Ann Wellss, b. ; m. Thomas Peaslee. 

vi. Dorothy Wellss, b. ; m. Joseph Peaslee. 

These children lived to grow up and marry; it is not known 
whether there were others or not ; nor is the order of births of these 


IV. Catharine Bean3 [James^, John}) was born in 
Kingston, August 2, 1714; she married, January 22, 
1740/41, according to the church record, but January 
21, 1 74 1, according to the town record, Simmons Buzzell 


[Busyel, Buzil, Buziel, Buswell], son of Samuel and Jane 
[Simmons] Buswell, born November 22, 1709, baptized 
April 16, 1710; the dates of their deaths are not known. 
Children, born in Kingston: 

172. Joseph BusyeH, b. Dec. 25, 1742 [1741]; bap. Jan'y 

31. 1741/2. 

173. Sarah Buzil+, b. Mar. 17, 1743/4; bap. Mar. 18, 


174. Hannah BuziH, b. Ap'l 27, 1746; bap. May 4, 1746. 

175. Mehitable BuziH, b. Jan'y 15, 1748/9; bap. Jan'y 22, 


176. Jean BuzieH, b. Mar. 11, 1750/51; bap. Mar. 17, 


— 177. David Buswell'*, b. May 28, 1753 ; bap. June 3, 1753 ; 

d. Mar. 2, 1755. 

— 178. Jonathan Buswelb, b. May 28, 1753 ; bap. June 3, 

1753; d. Sept. 26, 1753. 

I give the names as given on the town record ; on the church 
record the name is Buzzell and Buswell ; and in the town record her 
name is given Cattorn, Catteren, Cattran and Catern, 

There is apparently a year's difference in the date of the marriage 
between the two records ; but the date of publishment shows that 
the church record is correct. Simons Buswell of Salisbury and 
Catharine Bean of Kingston were published in Salisbury, (Mass.) 
Jan'y 3, 1740/41. On November 4, 1738, he was published in 
Salisbury with another woman, but she married another man. 


IV. Rachel Bean3 [fames'^, Jo hi^). 

The History of Sutton speaks of the wife of David Peaslee as the 
sister of Samuel Bean3, and gives the date of their marriage as 
March 18, 1743. 

She is not recorded on the Brentwood records with the family of 
James Bean, and George F. Beede, Esq., of Fremont, finds that 
David Peaslee married, February q, 1742, Rachel Straw of Amesbury, 
and questions the correctness of the statement in that history; he 
has not found, nor have I, any record of the marriage of David 
Peaslee and Rachel Bean. 


David Peaslee and wife, Rachel, moved to Sutton in 1767, and are 
credited with the following children, born in that part of Kingston 
which became Sandown and Sandown, except the last who was born 
in Sutton : 

i. Dorothy Peaslee4, b. Nov. 12, 1744. 

ii. Samuel Peaslee*, b. June 5, 1746 ; m. Sarah Bean, 

iii. Peter Peaslee*, b. Mar. 8, 1749. 

iv. David Peaslee*, b. Mar. 6, 175 1. 

V. Rachel Peaslee*, b. May 12, 1754. 

vi. Abraham Peaslee*, b. July 20, 1756 ; m. Martha Bean, 

vii. Isaac Peaslee*, b. May 3, 1760. 

viii. Jacob Peaslee*, b. May 3, 1760. 

ix. Timothy Peaslee*, b. Oct. 5, 1763. 

X. Sarah Peaslee*, b. Ap'l 12, 1766; m. Col. Ephraim 


xi. John Peaslee*, b. Nov. 11, 1768. 


IV. Margaret Bean3 (Jeremiah^, Jok7i^), as appears 
from a deed described on page 94, married Jonathan 
Glidden of Epping; but their family has not been 


IV. Deborah Bean3 {Jeremiah^, John^) married 
James Dudley, son of James and Mercy [Folsom] 
Dudley, born in Exeter about 171 5; he died in May, 
1 761, and she in Andover, in 18 10. 

Children, born in Brentwood : 
i. James Dudley*, b. . 

— ii. Eliphalet Dudley*, b. ; d. young. 

iii. Stephen Dudley*, b ; settled in Readfield, Me. 

— iv. Jonathan Dudley*, b, in 1752 ; d. in 1776 in Revolu- 

tionary army. 
V. John Dudley*, d. in Andover in 18 10. 
vi. Hannah Dudley*. 
The Dudley Genealogy makes Deborah Bean the wife of James 
Dudley. I believe this is based on some record which calls her the 


sister of James Bean (son of Jeremiah). But the conveyances of the 
estate of Jeremiah^, so far as found, do not show her to be one of his 
heirs ; and I am very strongly inclined to believe that she was not 
one, but that she was probably the sister of the wife of James Bean, 
and would in those days be called his sister. See aiite, pp. 93, 
94, 95- 


IV. James Bean3 {Jeremiah^, John^) was born in 
Exeter; he married (i) probably Ruth Sanborn, daugh- 
ter of John and Sarah [Philbrick] Sanborn, born March 
18, 1 719; she died about 1744, and he married (2) Lydia 
Hoag; he died in 1785, leaving her surviving, and she 
was living as late as 1 788. 


By first wife, born in Exeter : 

180. Enoch-*, b. 

181. James^t, b. 
t 182. Abigail^, b. 

By second wife, born in Brentwood : 

183. Elisha-*, b. Jan'y 3, 1746. 

184. Joelt, b. Jan'y 9, 1748. 

185. Richard*, b. May 28, 1750. 
t 186. Sarah*, b. Aug. 21, 1751. 

t 187. Ruhamah*, b. Aug. 30, 1755. 

188. Loammi*, b. Oct. i, 1757. 

189. Joseph*, b. May 13, 1759. 

190. Jeremiah*, b. July 19, 1760. 
t 191. Ruth*, b. Ap'l 24, 1762. 

192. Jepthah*, b. Oct. 15, 1767. 
t 193- Lydia*, b. . 

Will of James Bean of Brentwood, d. Dec. 3, 1783, p. Aug. 17, 
1785, (Vol. XXVIII, p. 262) mentions wife Lydia; sons Enoch, 
James, Elisha, Joel, Richard, Loammi, Joseph, Jeremiah and Jeptha ; 
and daughters Abigail Bean, Sarah, Ruhamah, Ruth and Lydia ; 
Elisha and Loammi, Executors. 

The evidence does not make it absolutely certain that the first wife 
was Ruth Sanborn, but John H. Blaisdell so gave it on the authority 
of his grandmother, and there is other evidence in the same direction. 


While Lydia is not recorded in the Brentwood record with the 
other children of the second wife, it is believed that she was her 
child, and named for her; in the will the other daughters are named 
in the order of their ages, and Lydia is named after them, being 
presumably the youngest. 

He gave to his son Enoch forty acres of land in Gilmanton, 
"originally belonging to my father, Jeremiah Bean of Exeter" ; to 
James, one-half of one-quarter of a sawmill in Raymond, near Joseph 
Dudley's; to Elisha, "eighty acres of land in Poplin, on which he 
now lives" ; and to Jepthah, his home place, and Jepthah was living 
on it in 1788. 

James Beam was a Quaker preacher, as well as a prominent 
business man in Brentwood. 

By deed dated Feb'y 14, 1760, James Bean and James Dudley 
conveyed to the society called "Division Quakers" an acre of land, 
on condition that the Quakers shall keep up their meetings in Brent- 
wood : it is probable that they did so, for in 1769, the deed was 
acknowledged and recorded. B. XCIX, p. 115. 

The term "Division Quakers" is perhaps explained by what had 
previously occurred. In 1751, Benjamin Scribner, James Bean and 
Samuel Dudley requested permission of the Hampton Monthly 
Meeting to hold meetings in Brentwood under its care, which was 
granted ; about a year later permission was asked by Bean, Dudley 
and Benjamin and David Clifford to hold such meetings on every 
first day of the week and it was granted. But two months later the 
Hampton record shows that "disorder was reported amongst the 
people of Brentwood," and a committee was appointed to investigate. 
The next month the committee reported that there was disorder 
among the people of Brentwood, "two speaking at a time," and a 
committee was appointed to "labor with them." There was then an 
apparent lull, but at the meeting in January, 1753, complaint was 
made that James Bean had said to Comfort Hoag, "she was as proud 
as the Devil could make her;" the complaint was renewed at the 
next meeting and thereupon a "writing" was sent to Brentwood, 
which is copied into the record substantially as follows : 

"To James Bane, Samuel Dudley, Benjamin Scribner and David 
Clifford : You having desired care of our monthly meetings &c. also 
requesting of said meeting liberty to hold a meeting at Brentwood, 
which we granted so long as you behaved orderly and according 
to the practice of friends in general. Now it publicly appearing to 


several of our friends that your behavior is disorderly at the meetings 
you say are appointed for the worship of God &c. In several par- 
ticulars as foUoweth (viz) i^'ly. In several persons men and women 
speaking at one time in your meetings, which is to be condemned by 
all Christian people that pretend to worship God (as he is the God 
of the spirits of all flesh.) 2'^ly. As to your saluting each other, men 
and women, old and young, pretending it to be a kiss of charity is 
not to be commended in the way and manner it is practiced in your 
meetings ; it's to be feared will prove of ill consequences if you con- 
tinue therein. 3'^ly. As to your holding meetings at unseasonable 
times days or nights for the before-mentioned practices with each 
other. Disorderly behavior and speeches not becoming the profes- 
sors of truth. It's expected you will give us answer to any reason- 
able question that shall be asked of any of you : and that you will 
conform to the good order and discipline used among us as a people ; 
and condemn all such behavior and speeches that you have been in 
the practice of for time past that are contrary to the principles and 
practices of friends in general. Now we desire your answer in writ- 
ing to the particulars before-mentioned : the which if you refuse or 
neglect we judge ourselves obliged to publicly declare to the world 
that you are not of us. Signed by order and on behalf of our 
monthly meeting holden at Hampton (N. H.) the 15th day of the 2^ 
mo. 1753 or at the adj. of said meeting on the 21®' day of said 
month. By Philip Rowell, Clerk." 

At the March meeting it is recorded that James Bane "publickly 
declared that he should not condemn what he said to Comfort Hoag 
and the complaint was continued." 

And at the April meeting, that James Bane continued to justify 
what he had said to Comfort Hoag. And at the same meeting a paper 
was received from Benjamin Scribner and David Clifford in answer 
to what was sent them, but which James Bane and Samuel Dudley 
refused to sign. The "writing was not to satisfaction of friends and 
therefore not recorded." The complaint was continued to next 

At the meeting in May, it was "decided to lay down meeting at 
Brentwood unless they condemn the disorders which have been in 
their meetings ;" and a committee was appointed to "write a denial 
against James Bean." 

At the meeting in June, 1753, the "Denial" was reported and 
signed as follows : 

"Whereas James Bane of Brentwood in the Province of New 
Hampshire in New England, having desired the watch and care of 
Friends belonging to Hampton Monthly Meeting, which was granted 
him by s'^ meeting. Now for his saying publicly to Comfort Hoag 


(a public friend in unity) "that she is as proud as the Devil," and that 
he believed "there was not a wickeder woman upon the face of God's 
earth," for which he, said Bane, has been labored with and refused 
to condemn the same with other expressions to Friends not approved 
of amongst us, for which we deny him to be one of us, and we have 
no unity with such expressions or speeches in any person that utters 
the same or the like. 

Signed on behalf of our Monthly Meeting holden at Hampton on 
the twenty-first day of the 6th month, 1753. 

Joseph Peaslee Joseph Hoag 

John Lister Benjamin Hoag 

Amos Peaslee Jonathan Hoag, Jr. 

Jonathan Hoag John Purington 

Philip Rowell." 

The Hampton "meeting" having thus withdrawn its authority and 
excluded James Bean, he evidently formed an independent organiza- 
tion under the name of "Division Quakers." 

Strenuous efforts have been made, but without success, to find the 
records of this Brentwood "meeting." Undoubtedly they contained 
very many genealogical facts not elsewhere recorded. 

In the military return of 1759, James Bean was given as a "non- 
effective" Quaker. In 1762, he and other Quakers of Brentwood 
petitioned for relief from rates ; it was heard by the Council and 
dismissed, and so failed, although it received favorable action by the 
House; it was renewed in December, 1763, and granted as to James 
Bean and ten others. He and several of his sons refused to sign the 
"Association Test" in 1776, on the ground of being Quakers. In 
1779, he petitioned the General Assembly to be released from 
imprisonment in Exeter gaol, because for thirty years he had been a 
public preacher of the Gospel and ought not to pay rates, but had 
been arrested for them ; but his petition was dismissed. 

He was Selectman in 1762, and possessed the confidence of the 
public as shown by the fact that he was administrator on many 

Abigail* was apparently unmarried at the date of his will and quite 
certainly died without issue. 

Sarah* married John Elkins of Exeter, but no account of their 
family has been obtained. 

Ruhamah* and Lydia* have not been traced, 

V. Ruth* married, August 25, 1781, Benjamin Sleeper, born 
December 6, 1758 ; he died, Feb'y 10, 1849, ^"^^ ^^^' Feb'y 15, 1843. 


Children born in Alton, N. H, : 

i. Joseph Hoag Sleepers, b. Mar. 15, 1788. 

ii. Susan Sleepers, b. Nov. 30, 1797. 

Joseph Hoag Sleeper'^ married, August 25, 18 14, Sarah Lougee, and 

they had 

Emily Bean Sleeper^, b. Nov. 2, 18 18. 

She married Samuel Sheldon in 1841, and they were the parents 
of Joseph Henry Sheldon of Haverhill, Mass., ex-mayor of that city. 


IV. Jeremiah Bean3 {Jeremiak^,Jokn^) v^2iS horn in 
Exeter; he married, June 15, 1749, Abigail Prescott, 
perhaps daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth [Coffin] 
Prescott of Hampton Falls ; he died in the latter part 
of 1807 or in January, 1808, apparently leaving her 

Children, part born in Exeter and part probably in 
Brentwood : 

Richard*, b. July 25, 1750. 
t Molly*, b. Nov. 3, 1750. 

Jeremiah*, b. Feb'y 13, 1753. 
Levi*, b. Sept. 3, 1753. 
Benjamin*, b. 
Asa*, b. 
t Ruth*, b. Nov. 12, 1767 [1769]. 
To these Mr. Blaisdell, on the authority of his mother, adds James, 
born in 1760, and Betsey; if there were such children, they died 

Of course some, if not all, the dates of birth above given are 
erroneous ; but no record of the family has been found, and these 
dates are given in separate records ; and it is now impossible to 
decide which are correct. 

His will d. Jan'y 24, 1804, p. Feb'y 3, 1808, (Vol. XXXVIII, p. 
147) mentions wife Abigail ; sons, Richard, Jeremiah and Asa ; daugh- 
ters, Molly Bean [wife of Joel], and Ruth Page, wife of Benjamin 
Page; grandchildren, Obadiah Bean, Levi Bean, Hannah Hoyt, wife 
of James Hoyt, Jeremiah Bean, Ai Bean, Anna Bean and Stephen 


Bean, "children of my son Levi Bean" ; and grandchildren, Jonathan 
Bean, Nabby Bachelder, wife of Jonathan Bachelder, Benjamin Bean 
and Lydia Bean, "children of my son Benjamin Bean, deceased" ; 
Jeremiah Bean, Ex'or ; Richard Bean, Jr., one of witnesses. 

I have a letter written by Mr. Blaisdell in which he says that he 
gives what his mother wrote for him in 1837 ; but he does not give 
her statement but makes one based upon it. He says in substance : 

Jeremy Bean was born and brought up in Exetertown ; the house, 
where he was born, stood where the old gaol stood, now used as a 
counting room for the Exeter Manufacturing Company, He married 
Abigail Prescott of Hampton Falls and lived in Exetertown and my 
grandfather Richard Bean was born there; but about 1760, Jeremiah 
moved to a farm in the very south part of Brentwood and lived there 
till he died. He had two brothers — one Richard, a blacksmith, who 
died unmarried about 1750, and Jeremy administered on his estate. 
My grandmother, Molly Bean, lived at our house after grandfather 
died till her death in September, 1838, and among her keepsakes 
was this Richard's day book made in Exetertown. The title page 
and the top of every other page was handsomely decorated in red 
ink. The other brother of my great grandfather was James, the 
oldest of the family. All of these Beans were Quakers and my 
mother was brought up as a Quaker, but married out of the sect and 
was turned out of the church, but remained a Quaker in faith and 
spirit as long as she lived. 

She had an aunt Dudley who lived near them and I have heard 
her tell many times of going into "Aunt Dudley's" ; but whether she 
was an own aunt or great aunt I don't know. 

She wrote out the family for me in 1837 ; Richard, named for his 
uncle Richard, born July 25, 1750; Levi, Jeremiah, Mary, Benjamin, 
James, Ruth, born Nov, 12, 1767, Betsey and Asa, * ^ * * * 

Grandfather's sister, Ruth, lived in Gilford, where she died, Feb'y 
3, 1859, aged 91 years, 2 months and 21 days; I visited her in 
1840; she was an intelligent woman and could then see to read and 
thread a needle without glasses. She told me that she resembled 
her mother, Abigail Prescott, but was named for her grandmother, 
Ruth Johnson Bean; and that her other grandmother was Ruth 
Coffin of Newbury. 

Our family, as I have said, lived in the southwest part of Brent- 
wood and Jeremiah, the son of James, lived in the north part of the 
town about four miles from where our family lived. 

James Bean's old homestead was on Clay brook and he had a mill 
which was there when I was a boy. As you come on the railroad 
about three miles this side [towards Boston] of Exeter, you come up 
through a narrow valley, and about a mile beyond East Kingston 
station you come under a bridge over the railroad ; it was near this 
bridge that James Bean lived and died. 

Daniel Bean had a mill on Exeter river a little above where the 
railroad crosses it, about a mile and a half this side of Exetertown. 

There was still another Jeremiah Bean in Brentwood, Jeremiah^ 
(John^) who was "Senior" ; Jeremiah^ (James^) was "Junior," and 
Jeremiah3 (Jeremiah^) was "Third," 

I have had misgivings as to whether this Jeremiah was really the 
Jeremiah who was b}-other of Richard^, and son of Jeremiah^ ; there 
are some indications that he was grandson of Jeremiah^ by his son 
Jeremiahs. But I give this family as Mr, Blaisdell, who has spent 
much time in the investigation and was a descendant, gave it, but he 
had some items inconsistent with his conclusion. However, if he 
was wrong, the error does not affect the families of Jeremiah^ or this 
Jeremiah as I have given them, 

I have not been able to verify, from the Prescott Memorial, the 
parentage of Abigail Prescott as above given on the authority of 
Mr, Blaisdell. 

V. Mollys married Joel Bean, and her family is not given here. 

V. Ruth^ married, April 26, 1787, Benjamin Page, Jr., son of 
Moses and Judith [French] Page, born February 2, 1763 ; he died, 
June 6, 1836, and she, February 3, 1859, ^§^ ninety-one years, two 
months and twenty-one days. 

Children, born in Gilmanton : 

Ruth Pages, b. Nov. 12, 1794. 
Benjamin Pages, b. Sept. 26, 1798. 


IV. Tabitha Bean3 {Jeremiah'^, John^) married 
Daniel Elkins, probably son of Moses and Ann [Shaw] 
Elkins of Kingston; family not ascertained. See afite, 
PP- 93' 94. 


IV. Richard Bean3 {Jeremiah^, Johi^) died in 1749; 
and all the evidence thus far obtained indicates that he 
died unmarried. 

His brother, Jeremiah Bean, was appointed adminis- 
trator of his estate, June 28, 1749. 



IV. Elizabeth Bean3 {Jeremiah^, John^), born in 
Exeter, married Joseph Norris, son of Moses and Ruth 
[Folsom] Norris : he survived her and married a second 
wife, Joanna . 


Jeremiah Norris*, b. 
Joseph Norris*, b. 
David Norris*, b. 
Samuel Norris*, b. 
Ruth Norris*, b. 

The evidence is not very satisfactory that all these were the 
children of Elizabeth. 

In a deed given in 1775 he mentions his son Joseph, Jr., and the 
deed is witnessed by David Norris; and in 1784, he gave Joseph a 
deed "of the home place where I now live," witnessed by Jeremiah ; 
on Nov. 22, 1788, he and wife, Joanna, his son Joseph and his wife, 
convey homestead in Epping, Jeremiah being a witness ; in a deed in 
1786, he mentions his son, Jeremiah. 


IV. H'ANNAH Bean3 {Jeremiah^, Jokn^) married John 
Elkins, probably son of Moses and Ann [Shaw] Elkins 
of Kingston ; family not ascertained. 

Elizabeth Bean, born so early as to make it doubtful whether she 
was of the third or fourth generation, has not been identified. She 
married, December 30, 1747, Israel Smith, Jr., and the Kingston 
church records have baptisms of their children as follows : 

Mary Smith, bap. Oct. 16, 1748. 

Sarah Smith, bap, Aug. 5, 1750.